Saw the surgeon today after my L3-S1 fusion. I have to wear the lumbar brace for 2 more weeks full time and then beginning week 3 I am to taper off wearing it. Fist take it off at 9pm and sit up/do stuff around the house, etc. Then taper off an hour per day.
We are supposed to fly from our home in Phx to Chicago this Thursday (to stay at my brother's and meet our niece who was born in October) and I was cleared for that as well. They gave me a note as to why I have the big brace, that I may set off detectors, etc. I'm wearing a bone growth stimulator 24 hours a day but will remove it for the flight. I don't think airlines want to see wires hanging out of a patient.
I see the surgeon again in about 6 weeks and then I'll go to physical therapy. My surgeon said I can not to PT for my knee yet as the PT could require the use of back muscles, etc. So I will combine the back with the knee if at all possible. I did PT last summer and will use the same facility/therapist.
I did tell him I have pain that feels like hardware in the bone pain and he said that's normal. I said it varies daily where it hurts and he said this is totally normal as I become more active and things heal at different rates.
2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos