I just had a 360 Fusion L4-S1 on May 11 and I got out May 13 at noon because I was doing so well. I was walking around and was on pain pills by day 2 mostly because my vein blew out, but I could cope with my pain with pills just fine. My Orthopedic Surgeon said he was proud of me! I have never experienced any doctor saying that to me before. He told my family that he didn't know how I could function with how horrible my discs were because they were mushy and I heard that they crumbled apart when they took them out. That they had never seen discs look like that in a 33 year old but more in elderly.
So I go and see the doc again a week later because I am allergic to the adhesive on the bandages and my skin is coming off and he tells me my incisions looks like a million bucks and if I don't need the walker I don't have to use it. Because I really didn't need it anymore and it was more for the looks. :)He told my husband that I was a tough woman and said it twice. My husband didn't quite realize exactly HOW bad a shape I was in before the surgery. All we knew is that I had a hard time walking most days of the week and I felt nothing below my waist.
When I woke up in recovery I could feel the urge to urinate again and I told them so. They said that it was just the catheter and I said I couldn't feel the urge before so this is an improvement and in my drug haze I said I bet I could feel it now when I have sex with my husband too! They laughed and told me to wait until I get back on my feet again. I was worried that that would go away for the rest of my life! Well let me tell you I can feel everything now!
I went back to the doc's office 2 weeks ago and they said my incisions, countenance and x-rays look like some who has recovered 2 months instead of just the one month! I can drive now! I take Vicoden and Valium1-2 a day.
I am so glad I chose to have this surgery and I don't know what I was so afraid of. I am in so much less pain, so much and I don't know how and why I put up with it for so long.
They only negative things are that I can't walk past 1 mile yet because it hurts my incision in my belly and the bone growth stimulator seems to aggravate things too. So it was suggested that I wear it 2 hours at a time rather than the 4 hours all at once. Plus the Texas heat is in the 100s so I am not too tempted to walk. Bad, bad, shame, shame I know. But still I have mostly sat or laid around the house for the past 2 years so now that I am up to 1 mile that is good.
I do have to lose weight though and I gained 5 pounds instead of losing, but I have lost 4 inches in my waist and hips. I consider that a positive though.
So long story short, this was the best decision I could have done. The pain wasn't any worse than my c-section AND really nothing is worse than stabbing, torturous sciatica. If one can handle sciatica one can endure anything. I am so glad I had the surgery and I am on the path to not just recovery but being healthful in general. I can't wait to start PT!