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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Well here I am few weeks out from my disketomy and partial fusion surgery. For those who wonder what a partial fusion is, its where my doc drilled the 4 holes in L4 and L5 then placed the doner bone in the holes to fuse the two together. He explained it was still a fairly new proceedure but the results have been good so far for success.

Well I am at work still sitting behind the desk and just recently had my check up with the doc. I would like to say my visit with him was wonderful but I can't and its my fault. He asked me about my back brace which I had left at home the day of the visit. He wasn't happy that I haven't been wearing the brace more then I was.

No excuse on my part beyond hating the restriction of the brace for which it was designed for but also feeling like I was in a bear hug all day long. It's just totally uncomfortable but when he mentioned the need for it so the bone fusion would be a success I started wearing more often then not.

So far though, pain is slowly decreasing and my leg doesn't seem to bother me as much as it was. I am getting feeling back into my feet and the stinging is lessoning more and more.

I just have to stop being stuborn and do what I am told. I should however return to field work in another two weeks from now and I am ready to go.

I am also backing down off my pill intake so thats really nice.

Hope everyone is doing well also. We can say that '09 is our year of healing.

I wish everyone luck and success with their recovery also.


  • well, Scotty, the good news is that you are back at work, the bad news is that you are bit stubborn, but as long as you admit it you couldn't be too bad. So start wearing that brace, it is only temporary. And follow your doc's advise to the tee. It is worth it.

    Take care and continue on with your recovery,

  • It's a great feeling to be able to be back at work. All the best for you, Scotty.
    Keep positive!


    ...an old timer here and ex-moderator

  • But with some drilling and bone grafts with no instrumentation, you gotta be wearing that brace! Whoa, one wrong move and yipes!! I'm surprised they didn't tell you that. I've got my share of rods and pins and I'm surprised I didn't need a brace, but thankful not to have one. All the best!


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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