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Success Story (So Far)

pepper09ppepper09 Posts: 138
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a PLIF (Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion - L5,S1) surgery on March 19. I just had my 2 week post op today (April 1) and my doctor is releasing me back to work next Monday, Full Duty! So, I am going back to work full time, 18 days after my fusion surgery. I can even drive today, 13 days after surgery. So, I am calling this surgery a success, so far. Each day I am getting better and the only pain I have now is just surgical pain. I still have a sensation down my right leg every time I stand up, but it is not painful like it was before surgery. Before surgery I could barely walk and my right leg was numb and in pain 24/7 for a few weeks. But the Xray and my doctor reassured me that there is nothing pressing against the nerve and that I might feel that sensation for a couple of months. I am so thankful that I can return to work next week because these 2 1/2 weeks off work have been without pay. I am thankful that I still have a job especially in today's economy. I was going to post a picture of the xray taken today, but my husband took the cd to work, so I'll have to post it later.


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