I am officially 3 weeks post op today after a 360 fusion at L5/S1 and I am feeling very good. My surgery went really well with no complications and I went home the next day. I had my first follow up appt with my surgeon this past Monday and he said everything looks very good. WOW - was it weird looking at the xrays of my back with 4 screws and 2 rods in it. It just did not seem real. I actually have a 5th screw on the front of my spine with a small plate attached. My doctor said this is to keep my spine stable because of the spondylolisthesis that I had.
I am not experiencing any of the pain and tingling that I had before surgery. The doctor says the pain I am experiencing is just from the surgery itself because putting the hardware in place and re-aligning my spine was a lot for my back to handle. I am only taking 2 pain pills a day and I am walking a 1/2 mile two times a day and start physical therapy next week.
At this point I have to say that I feel like everything is going as planned and that my surgery has been successful. The recovery has not been anything near as bad as I expected. The anticipation of it was definitely much worse than the end result.
I hope everyone is having a great day.