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6 weeks post op L5 S1 ADR appointment

sgm6670ssgm6670 Posts: 21
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Saw my surgeon last night for the first time since the op for the 6 weeks post op check up and everything seems to be going well.

He is pleased with all my movements etc and happy that I am getting on well with the physio and managing to walk between 3-6 miles a day.

I started work on Weds of this week for 3 hours a day and I must admit, it left me exhausted! I was coming home and sleeping for 2 hours in the afternoon, so it shows how long it takes for the body to recover. I set an alarm on my computer to remind me to get up and walk every 25 mins, which helped.

I am allowed to drive for very short journeys only (10 mins at a time) as I am still suffering from nerve weekness in the left leg. My physio is working on my leg for me twice a week and I obviously do lots of exercises throughout the day to try and help.

I have to have some x-rays in 3 months to ensure everything is still sitting in place etc. But from a recovery point of view, I only take pain relief at bedtime (one nerve tablet and a normal painkiller) whereas before the operation I was living on high dosages of morphine based painkillers. I seem to be completely pain free during the day. If I overdo things, I ache, but it is not pain like before.

I feel happy in myself and feel like I can finally get on with the normal day to day life, providing I listen to what my body tells me......I can't 'shop til I drop' at the moment....but I am sure that day will come!!


  • That's really great news. Isn't it wonderful to be able to walk and do things and not be drugged and full of pain?! I just had my four week checkup post op and am doing like you, really good. I just can't believe I don't hurt badly anymore. I really tested myself over the last two days and am still feeling just great. I did notice a few days back that I still do not have my stamina and endurance of old but I feel in the next year I will gain it back. So I think you are normal in that area. Yesterday I caught myself laughing and hopping around and hugging everyone and realized that the old me was back. The girl who loves life and living.
    I'm so pleased that your surgery was a success. This is my hope for all of us here on this site. That we can find relief. I'm happy for you.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
  • I don't know your story . . .is there a link?
    Curious what options you considered before selecting ADR . . .

    But good to hear things are progressing well.
  • L5 S1 ADR - I am from UK

    Just over 3 weeks ago I had surgery here in the UK. I was involved in a car accident just over 2 years ago which caused problems with three discs. However, the pain being caused by the L5 S1 became unbearable and after lots of tests and research, it was agreed that I would go ahead with a complete disc replacement.

    The surgery went fine and the following days I had post op pain in my right leg (nerve pain, which medication controlled). I had none of the terrible back pain I suffered before! It was amazing.

    Now, 3 weeks on, I feel like I could conquer the world! I walk 3-4 miles a day (then sleep for a while) and then I potter around the house doing little jobs (bit of dusting, cooking etc), but my back will ache a little if I over do it. I have had 2 sessions with my physio and do the exercises that she gives me daily.....mainly little stretching exercises...nothing to strenuous!

    I am so glad I went ahead with the ADR and I know people are worried about this type of surgery, but my surgeon specialises in this type of surgery and is absolutely amazing. He was positive from the start which obviously makes me feel more positive and has a fantastic track record. There aren't many doctors in the UK that perform this surgery, so I am glad I found one that did.....it has turned my life around!

  • Basically, after my car accident the experts seem to go down the hip road. They seemed to think that the problem was referred pain and I underwent various treatments/exploratory tests (incl MRI arthrogram) and the results were all negative. The only option was to dislocate my hip to see if there was any bits of bone hiding away. I decided to leave that option and see how I got on with physio.

    After 18 months of physio and 2 MRI scans, it revealed the problem was with my back. I underwent root nerve blocks (which didn't work), acupuncture (which temporarily relieved the pain for a few days) and various other physio techniques.

    Eventually I got fed up and paid privately to see my surgeon, who has a great reputation and does both fusion and ADR. After consultations with him, I went away and did my own research and decided that ADR was the better option for me to try. For some reason, after having a discogram etc beforehand, I never thought that it wouldn't work!

    Luckily it did and I am completely pain free. It is amazing to say that and it feels great. I feel happy, positive and as if I am back to myself, finally. Friends have commented how well I look and the glow is back in my face!

    I wish everyone as much luck as I have had, but I do believe I had an amazing surgeon with a great track record in ADR operations, so I knew I was in good hands.
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