Still doing my research on fusion in case that is what the surgeon recommends. Two more questions:
1) I keep reading that being overweight can negatively affect a fusion. I should weigh about 40lbs less than I do, is that a deal breaker as far as fusion is concerned? With all the best will in the world, without being able to exercise I would struggle to lose that much any time soon.
2) My dad is planning to come back to the UK to live in May or June next year once his chemo is finished. As he is very frail I said I would go back to South Africa and fly out with him. What is the earliest time after a fusion that people would say they could cope with a 13 hour plane trip? I had to fly out earlier this year when I was still using a cane and had a wheelchair and someone to carry my bags - it's just the sitting that worries me.
Thanks in advance