Hello to all,
This is my first post since my fusion on June 11. I have waited to post for several reasons: (1) I updated frequently on my blog, www.pigtailspapertrails.blogspot.com --lots of funny stories on the blog (2) I haven't wanted to discourage anyone from doing what is best for them.
I had a fusion from S1-L2. The NS went from side and placed plastic BMP filled wedge at L3/L4 and then from back removed 19 year old hardware S1-L4 that had to be cut out piece by piece and then he straightened the spine and added new hardware from S1-L2. The surgery was 10 1/2 hours (this does not include recovery time,etc...)
I woke up in incredible leg pain but couldn't move my legs at all. My feet did not hurt and they moved. After some time in ICU I was moved to Acute Care. 5 days later I was moved to inpatient Rehab where I had to learn to walk. My legs would not move all. Nerve pain was intense yet they were numb.
I begged my way out of the hospital because I missed my children so much and they had a no kid visit rule. After 15 days, I went home and have had home health pt since June 26.
I walk with a cane and have come off most meds except for a pretty high dose of neurotin which still keeps the pain at a tolerable level.
My back is straight and I have NO pain in my back. My NS is "cautiously optimistic" about my legs and my rehab dr is a bit more positive but says it can take a year or longer.
This was NOT something that I expected to happen and neither did my NS. Yes, I would do the surgery again because I had no option to avoid crippling process.
I have been told by both NS, rehab dr and therapists that my hip flexors are incredibly weak and this happened before the surgery because the body was compensating for the crookedness and the muscles were not being used correctly. Now, that the body is straight, the muscles must be restrengthened. The nerve pain is damage from a 10 1/2 hour surgery and also nerve stretch injury that happens when the spine is straightened as much as mine was.
Good luck to anyone who decides to have a fusion. I just wanted to share my progress.
learning to walk again--this time straight