I am scheduled for an L5 / S1 Minimally Invasive fusion in 3 weeks. I have no idea what to expect in terms of pain and recovery. I have severe DDD and facet disease. The nsurg is going to do two 1 inch cuts in my back, cut off part of my facet and grind it up, put it in a cage, and back between L5 / S1 in place of my disc, and remove bone spurs. They said 2 nights in the hospital.
I would love to hear some stories of what the surgery was like (please let me know if it was minimally invasive or not as I am sure that must make a difference), how was the pain right after, what was the recovery like over the next couple weeks? How successful was the surgery?
I have not had good look finding many stories, so if anyone can point me to some too, that would be great. When I had my hysterectomy, I had read so much and felt prepared for what I was heading into but for this... I have no idea!
Heading into first surgery on 6/22/09
Fusion of L5/S1, through back, minimally invasive