Hi I am posting for my mom (Claudia) she just had surgery, L1-4 fused and cleaned out (bone spurs and herniation) she is now in recovery at Reston hospital.
I am told she'll be in the hospital for 4 days - but what can I expect for her post op?
she's 73 and has suffered from this pain for many yrs - which got worst 3 yrs ago after her hip replacment (seems the hip is too big by 1 inch and right hip is higher now her lower back is curved so he had to work on that too.)
Anything you can tell me on how to make her recovery better is great, for example:
Do we need to rent a hospital bed
Do we need to rent a lift chair
Can she bend? Twist? when?
Walking - with walker, cane?
Pain mgmt -- how long on pain meds once home?
Can she ride in a car for a day trip? when? how long?
Donna - who's mom just had surgery with Dr Hasz @ Virgina Spinal Institute