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malawmmalaw Posts: 114
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Both my back surgeon and knee surgeons have dismissed me.
The knee doctor said the right replacement is great and the left knee is just in the beginning stages. I probably have 2 to 3 years before we have to do much to it and 5 until surgery.

The back surgeon said that my back had enough bone and all the screws, rods and Leggos were in place. I do still use my Empi when I do something stupid and am still taking 1/2 Vicodin or so when I have pain. So the doctor said that unless or until I have lots more problems with my neck or the rest of my back I am through with him. NO resrictions, except "if it hurts, don't do it".

This site has been wonderful for me, with lots of sympathy and ideas of what to expect. Any way for all of you still expecting surgery or getting over surgery. There is lots of hope. I


  • Awesome news - very happy for you. What level did you have fused? What procedure? You must be very satisfied managing with only 1/2 vicodin when you have pain. I finally came to the realization today that surgury my best chance - been fighting for about a year now. I just posted - L5/S1 Fusion (TLIF) here I come.

    All the best to you, Mike
  • Glad everything is OK. It's a great feeling isn't it
    Best of luck to you.
  • I'm glad to hear you're feeling so well. I hope you get a good long run before you need to have anything else done.


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • I had L4-S1 fusion on June 9,2008. I got 6 screws, 2 rods and 4 "Leggos" (cages). It was a fairly rough year at work, but fortunately I have a job where I can sit when I need to or walk around (I'm the In-School Suspension director for my school district - all levels). So that helped. Also there was the fact that I have a fairly high pain threshold and Vicodin doesn't make me groggy or too sleepy.
    I did come home and lay down for an hour after work and took a whole pill at bedtime. And of course, did as little work as possible. All my children wanted was DeliCat and to go to bed with me for loving. (Have three cats). Was also lucky that my daughter lives in town and helped with bringing stuff in from car and trash out. Her only fee -no surgery this year - she needed a summer off from playing nursemaid. She does still help bring stuff in got me. I carry 2 gallons of water at a time out to my garden of 5 tomatoes and 5 bell peppers and an overflow of flowers.
    I do understand that I am lucky to be dismissed this early, but have to give my dr. a lot of credit.
    I did use an external bone growth stimulator for 4 months - 4 hours a day. Wish I knew how to pass it on to someone else.
    Hope you'll have good luck.
  • I'm so happy to read this!

    I too am looking at my final post surgery neuro appointments :) Just one snag - might have to get the hardware out - but I'll cross that bridge when I'm forced to and not one moment sooner!

    I have to say that seeing an end in sight (well, a several year break, at the very least) is so blessedly wonderful - congrats on making it!
  • So good to see someones success on this site. You are a very lucky person...
    What was the back surgery for if you don't mind me asking?

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