My name is Rob, from nj. On Jan 23rd i had a Level 3 Spinal Fusion. From my L3 to S1, plus removal of some degenitive discs in my tail...yes i am 6'8 tall. I was told i would be in the hospital for 3 days and home...well life has not gone that way for me. I was in the hospital for 14 days following surgery..Doctor said i would be up and walking and excersising, however the hospital got me up once, and they never did anything to help me..You may ask why, or why i didn't ask for it, well i did..numerous times and much of it caught on video..thank god my wife had her cell. During surgery the surgeon hit my spinal canal causing spinal fluid to leak, for 48 hours i had to lay straight on back, anytime they had me sit up the pain to the head shot straight up..after that, i developed a small bowel obstruction that lasted about 4 days, lucky for me I had an NG Tube place, not once but try 15 different times...yes the doctor that tried the first time, did it 5 times, no luck , the nurse tried, no luck..finally a GI surgeon was about to do it, i was badly treated for my stay, due to the bowel obstruction and loss of bowel movements, i was haveing movements about every 20 mins, the nurses became so annoyed they left me in it for 2 and half hours, as my wife and family demanded they get me cleaned up, they told me that they were tired of cleaning me up and i should learn how to walk to the bathroom..well i could have if they would have gotten me up when they should have...I deveolped bed sores and sores from the number 2 burning my skin, again pics to show it...also during surgery mine was 14 hours the foam like mask you put your face in on the jackson table, caused my skin from my forehead to literally be torn off, causing me to now have to have plastic surgery to fix that problem...after surgery and being in the hospital for 14 days, i was transferred to rehab...that was not part of the plan from the get go..but better than the hospital stay...i was in rehab for 2 months...when i got there, i could not feel both legs, i had muscle spasms all over my body, as i would reach for a drink my fingers would cramp..finally i could feel my right leg again, but still have some weakness in it, and my feet are always feeling like they are freezing in an iceberg, and my front of legs when u brush against them, feel line pins and needles, and when you tap it, it feels as if your hitting a wooden leg, my right thigh when tap, feels like a stabbing pain thru it...my left leg, well that has a 2 of outta 5..i could not stand for 4 weeks, my left knee would buckle, even with a standing table machine, finally by 5 weeks, i was standing better and began standing for longer peirods, at this time was on the parell bars and was trying to walk however the left knee would buckle and the therapist would always brace it as i moved. by the 7th week of rehab i was walking with a walker, not very well but walking...now after my month and half out of surgery i am home with a wheelchair and walker, in home therapy 4 days a week, a ramp, a power lift recliner, a stim machine, a bone stimulator belt, and a brace...No emg has been done yet...my left foot tingles, some things i can do with my left i can't do with my right, so its not total leg loss of strenght but in certain areas. i can barely lift my left leg if sitting in a chair and move it about a foot out, and that's it, don't ask me to stretch it forward cause as hard as i try it don't move, yes the thigh muscles are working and i can make them work, but my leg don't lift...my right is tight but is much stronger than my left..i am pissed off as I feel lied to and cheated...i walked into surgery on the 23rd and now in a wheelchair and walker, i have 2 small children one 3 and one is 1, and i feel ive been cheated...he never said anything like this would happen and had me home in 3 days, and returning to work in 4 months. now says possible 6 to 12 months of nerve issues, but feels i will be fine, however therapist feels otherwise and says a cane and brace for life is more like it..i cry at nite and at times want to give up , however my kids keep me from doing so..i wnated to get better for them, and have to say i don't have an ounce of pain in my back no more..i had 8 screws, 2 rods, 8 cages, and etc... my legs kill me during the nite in a resting position, i take 10/325 percs to get me thru the night. during day i take nothing...in the morning i have to stretch so much just to get off of chair and stand..life like this is not what was told to me, i was told 3 days in the hospital and out patient therapy...please explain, what the spinal leak had to do with all this, and what can i do? what should i be in store for? and will my left leg ever return to normal? Thank you all ..sorry it is long but its my first chance to write it all out here.