Thanks to both of you.
Nice pics. Well, the guy that makes them says all the hose runs are the same length, so each should get the same amount of water, but I don’t know enough of fluid dynamics to know if that would be true at this size scale.
What did you have fused? I’ve been fused from T3 to S1. The issue is L2-L3& L3-L4 we’re fused originally in 1993, and I had no issues until about 10 years ago, at which time the removed the old instrumentation, and fused the discs below the original. Then while removing, various other issued developed that had to fuse from L3-T3 over 3 separate surgeries. But that small fused area from 1993 was solid, but ultimately started straightening out, instead of remaining curved, so it forced by upper body forward at about 45 degrees.
So now my new neurosurgeon, my orthopedic surgeon retired, says all he can do to help is open up my entire back, from my neck to my ass crack, remove all the rods, pins and screws. Cut notches into the spine at select locations, and then literally tug and pull by body around until they get my spine in the correct alignment, and them put in a double set if titanium rods down my spine (two of each side of the spine, as I’ve already got two broken rods in the rods from my recent fusions,) and fasten it in with a buttload of new screws and plates.
If it works, I won’t gain any range of motion, but I should be able to stand up straight, which will make walking a LOT easier, and should help with the pain. The issues are that not only is it a 12+ hour operation (that’s a huge risk itself,) but it has a complication rate of 38%, with the effects ranging from infections, paralysis and even death. Honestly given the choice between being paralyzed from the waist down, or dying on the table, I’m not sure which I would consider worse.
We got a second opinion, and the other neurosurgeon was great, and said although he doesn’t do this procedure anymore, in his words “12hr plus surgeries are for younger doctors, as is trying to manually align a spine.
But he said that he agrees, my options are, live like this, or try the surgery, but he suggested I postpone it a year, and lose as much weight as possible, since every extra pound I have on me, increases the chance of a rod breakage, or screws ripping out my the vertebrae during recovery, which might not cause issues if it happened, or it could severe my spinal cord. Well, when he put it that way, I’ve been on a diet ever since, 42 lbs down, another 80-100 to go (I’m 6’8”+)