Am new here and looking around the forum, have noticed lots and lots of people struggling after fusion. I appreciate this is major surgery and that there are often complications, but it's still scary.
I'm having posterior lumbar fusion at one level (L5/L4) in December. My disc at that level is virtually none existent, so the only option left is fusion. I've been looking forward to it (with some trepidation obviously!) as a route through to a better, more mobile and less painful life. My surgeon says there's an 80% chance of improvement to my condition, and I'm convinced after four years of trying all other options, that I have no choice. Still though reading on here, there's lots of people in increased pain after the surgery and months later at that. I realise people often only post on here if they need help and support, but still could do with some positive stories to redress the balance!
So are there folk out there who've found fusion successful? I don't want to be unrealistic. I know it's painful and can take a long time to recover from, but equally I could use some positive stories to go alongside the more worrying ones. Any advice welcomed though. Thanks in advance!