First and foremost, I have to say, you guys are a bunch of the nicest people I've ever "read" in forums.
I'm having my 2nd back surgery on April 16th/09. My first one, a discectomy was done March 23/08. Still having a lot of pain (esp. nerve pain in R leg) so my surgeon is performing a PLIF next month.
So of course, I'm running around (ok.. not running...) trying to get everything done. I was told by my Dr's secretary that I will be in the hospital 5 days and then on bedrest for 6 weeks and only allowed to get up an hour and a half to 2 hours a day. Then it's 3 to 6 months of PT.
I'm scared. I won't lie. Mainly from the pain I'm assuming I'll be in afterwards.
OK... My questions.
1) Are you in a brace after the fusion? If so, can you sit up? (say to use a laptop..I have commitments)
2) When I met with my surgeon, I asked him to write down the type of procedure he'll be doing. He wrote: "Posterior Spinal Fusion" Then under it, he wrote TLIF & PLIF. Is it possible to do both? From what I'm reading, it seems like it's one or the other!
3) I read somewhere (too much reading!!) - that they do an MRI or CT scan prior to see what kind of implant you need. Why do I need an implant? Do they mean the metal? When do they do the MRI/scan?
Sigh... I'm sorry for taking up so much space. Like I said, I'm pretty damn scared!! BUT..I guess it's normal.
BTW - I've printed a list of what I'll need post-care. AWESOME document!!!