I haven't been around in ages. But the people here helped me when I had to make the decision of a fusion or no fusion. I'm still experiencing some pain in my legs but nothing like before. I haven't had any surgeries yet and continue to see my neurosurgeon for progress.
But this subject is about my dad.
First of all he's 77 years old. He had the same prognosis as me and they performed a microdisectomy on L5/S1 in November. They scraped the excess disc that was on the nerve. He never recovered from the pain. He had another MRI done that showed his disc is degenerating at a rate where it herniated again. They gave him the prognosis of a fusion.
From the research I did and the people here, I have questions because his doctor is telling him things that have me scared for his life. I'll list them and please, those that have had this done, tell me if these are true.
1. He'll be in the hospital 1 day
2. He'll be able to drive a car in 2 weeks
3. NO BRACE????? He doesn't need one according to them
4. He'll be able to resume a normal life with limitations after 2 weeks.
5. Healing will be approximately only 3 months?
6. This condition is hereditary.
This is what I was told and researched for the same list:
1. Hospital stay 2-4 days
2. Have to have a doctors permission to even sit in a car after 3 months
3. A brace is mandatory to restrict movement after the surgery.
4. Might not even be able to sit until 2 weeks
5. Healing with take approx. 6 months to a year
6. I have 3 doctors (spinal specialist and 2 neurosurgeons who disagree because there isn't enough evidence out there to prove this.
Please help me to calm down for this. My dad even received a second opinion and the second doctor concurred that a fusion is what is needed for him.
Hope everyone is doing well.