I am having and anterior lumbar fusion on 10/26/09 and am really scared about the whole thing. I have had back pain for year but, it got worse that past year. Diagnosed with spinal stenousis, herniated L5-S1, & degenerative disc disease. I have been on hydrocodone and zanaflex and am tired of all the pain killers that don't really work. The info from my spine specialist is not real clear. I have a few concerns.
How long should I expect to be in the hospital?
Will the surgery helped with the constant pain I am in? i know the first few days will be bad but, I want to know what others have experienced with pain relief.
How does someone re-covering from this surgery clean themselves in the private area (female)?
How much should I walk the first & second weeks to aid my recovery?