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3 weeks after 360 Lumbar Fusion

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,731
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I wanted to share my experience -

I have had a spondolysistheis fracture at L5 S1, bone on bone L5 S1 herniation - scoliosis

I had a 360 degree lumbar fusion 3 weeks ago and have ZERO back pain!!!! My surgery was very sucessful at this point.

I am up walking 2 miles per day, stopped smoking, lost 10 lbs - very happy with the out come.

I was in total shock when my surgeon told me what he wanted to do - I was scared and stressed. The surgery was tough and surgical pain intense - but everyday gets easier!

I went to the doctor last week and got to see x-rays of my new spine and I am impressed my back has hardware - screws and bars -

I am happy I did this surgery and hope everyone has the success I am having. Please pray for my continued success.

Kimberly
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  • I had a 360 fusion 4 weeks ago. Disc replacement and hardwear. Freaky to see the X-rays huh? I also am walking at least a mile not more because of a nerve issue. I feel great! No back pain since the surgery and I went home about 24 hours later. I know I am not supposed to bend but it happens once in a while out of forgetfullness. I cannot believe I had surgery a month ago and have not had any pain. I feel weird in my new back, kinda out of place. My posture and gait are so different but hopefully for the better. I wish everyone a continued success in recovery and those awaiting a procedure some confidence that all will go well. Good Luck everyone!
  • That's awesome!!! So glad your are pain-free!! Just keep that walking. I was told it was the number one best thing you could do!

    Cheri
  • That's wonderful about feeling good! Just keep in mind not to over do it at this point. At the 3 month point, I was feeling great as well. Actually, better than I had ever hoped for.

    But then extensive rehab kicked in. I began all the BLT and next thing you know, I had pain again (totally different from what I had pre-surgery). Now, almost 2 years later, I still have flare up's that flat put me down for days at a time.

    My biggest suggestion is not to push things. Walking is the best thing to do. If you can get aqua therapy done, do it! That works and feels wonderful. If you proceed to land therapy after that, just take your time with anything requiring BLT.

    Good luck!

    Keith
    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • Great, always good to hear the success stories, but do be careful and don't overdo it, and do keep us posted, so happy for you
  • Hi, that is reassuring to read, I am supposed to have this surgery as well and am so scared. Looking to find people who have had it and have done well. I am used to being in pain but don't want to be any more. Any advice is appreciated. How are you doing now??

  • what is a blti am walking 1-2 miles a day after l5-s1 micro and feel great also. hope you all see continued pain relief.
  • BLT is shorthand for the actions you must avoid while you are healing.
  • means no bending, lifting, and twisting. So be careful.
  • iowarobin said:
    means no bending, lifting, and twisting. So be careful.
    I hate to be so technical, but can you bend with bending your knees without bending your back?
  • horsegirl said:
    Hi, that is reassuring to read, I am supposed to have this surgery as well and am so scared. Looking to find people who have had it and have done well. I am used to being in pain but don't want to be any more. Any advice is appreciated. How are you doing now??

    I don't know what type of surgery you are having, but being used to pain will definitely help especially for the 1st couple of days. For me, I was in a lot of pain at the hospital for 2 1/2 days, but as soon as I got home and started moving around, the pain was bearable. It's day 17 since my one level fusion (L5, S1) and I am going to work tomorrow. I am feeling good except for a few bearable pains here and there. The pain that I experienced in the hospital is forgotten already.

    Good luck with your surgery. When and what type of surgery are you getting?
  • Most spine paitents need to learn to bend at knees and not use their backs. I helps for future as well because it is better for general back health.
  • iowarobin said:
    Most spine paitents need to learn to bend at knees and not use their backs. I helps for future as well because it is better for general back health.
    I was so careless most of my life about my spine....it's too bad that I didn't take care of my back because I'm paying for it now at 41. There was no injury to my back, just ddd of the L5 over time. My other discs are normal so far.
  • I had a three-level and am beginning to be glad I did it too. The recovery was long and intense, but those huge jolts of pain are gone. I'm so glad you're pain free and walking as much as you do. I hope you continue to improve!

    Linda


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • I'm looking at this surgery post lumbar laminectomy 3 yrs ago that went very well. Now I have a mess above the surgery site.
    I'm pretty nervous about having another surgery. The only thing itwillhelp is less pain. Not sure what to do?

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