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Terrified Newbie

fishinwidow98ffishinwidow98 Posts: 54
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi y'all!

My name is Erika I am 32 years old. In August 2008 I had a microdiscectomy in L4-5 & L5-S1. I had been in pain for about 3 years prior to surgery & recovery took about 6 months. I went back to work (new job) and in May of this year re-injured myself catching a patient. Due to my history & the ugly MRI my OS decided to do the double level fusion @ L-4 to S-1. I am absolutely petrified. I work in the medical field (I work in the ER but I spent several months working for a hospital that does primarily ortho surgeries) & know enough to really scare myself. First of all the recovery times I have read are anywhere between 3 months to 6 months on the post op sheet I was given but I haven't found much to back that up & the times are much longer everywhere else. Second I am only 32. I have 2 kids (age 11 & 8) but we are wicked busy with football and cheer and school stuff--I'm afraid I am going to miss out on my life. Third- why are they going in through my abdomen for the first part of the surgery?? I understand the concept but incisions front and back scare me. Basically my cool & collected self is now one major hot mess. I haven't looked around forums much yet and I am sure all of my questions can be answered elsewhere but...

Anyway I look forward to hearing what y'all have to say!



  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    I just wanted to welcome you to spine-health. I'm sure you'll be able to find all the information you need here. There are people here who will be glad to help you. I'm primarily a neckie myself so I can't give you any info but only wanted to welcome you.

    Good luck
  • Of course you are scared, its only normal. It sounds like you will be having a 360 (front and back incisions). I have not had that exact surgery, however I have had a PLIF L2-L4 and an ALIF L4-S1.

    I won't sugarcoat it: its a rough recovery. Hopefully someone will be along soon that has had a 360 to tell you how they fared.

    Take some time to read the articles here, as well as ask specific questions. Your kids are at a good age in that they are not babies/toddlers who need you to do everything for them. Can you schedule your surgery during a slow time with the kids' activities?

    There is an excellent thread here called "Post-op Must Haves". It is a very extensive list, don't freak out, lol, you won't need all of it. Theres also a FAQ about certain questions you should ask your Dr. before the surgery.

    We'll be here to help you on your spiney journey,


  • I actually had pre-op at the hospital and with my GS who will be doing the anterior portion of my surgery and he was rather helpful. There is so much info on this site I am trying to find the important key points but I will def look at the Post op must haves! Thank yoU!
  • Sorry to hear you need surgery but hope that you recover quickly and know it must be hard to look after your young children but hope they'll be a good to help doing chores in your recovery. I hope you have someone else to help out with household things so you will be able to heal completely. I haven't had surgery yet but know there's always someone here who has to support you when you need it! Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. so glad you stopped by.. surgery is enough to scare anybody!! have a look around and make yourself at home.. find some forums that interest you and jump in with your questions!! good luck to you! Jenny :)
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