Having fusion #2 sometime very soon. Had my first in '94, L5S1, using my own hip bone. Awful recovery. Now I'm headed for the L4 fusion (domino effect) with hardware. Last time I wore a brace for 9 months w/o hardware. I have a spinal cyst and pain down the leg. Frankly, since I had an accident in '93 its been spasms or some other back related issue. Just disgusted already.
What I need to know is whats a lumbar fusion like in 2008? The pain, restrictions,how long till you feel human again. When the Dr. told me Fri. that the fusion was needed I just walked out in a trance and didnt ask any questions. Will you all fill in the blanks so I have some idea of how long the recovery will be and what to realistically expect. The first fusion was a nightmare I still vividly recall but I truly want to know all the gory details so I am prepared. I thank all you all from the bottom of my back.