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Back surgery post-op

Julie DavidJJulie David Posts: 39
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am new to this forum (4 days),find topics, posts, some personal messages invaluable when one is drop Kicked into a new medical world & having to navigate thru so much on so many levels AFTER surgery. Was wondering if anyone else had a posterior spinal fusion AND 2 discs L4,L5 removed in one operation as i did 6 weeks ago.Additionally curious as to what hardware is typical~ i have 6 pedicule screws,(no idea if titanium, metal or what?)2 rods,spacers & some synthetic bone graft material to replace discs removed. Any personal experience with this, especially POSITIVE, would be appreciated.This surgery and its recovery is more complex than i had anticipated, i am sure I am not alone in feeling this way. Thank You to All~ Julie David


  • Welcome to Spine-Health. There are great articles and videos on this site and the forums are a great place to find other spiney experiences as well as support and friendship.

    I'm a little confused because there's only one disc between the L4 and 5. So theres one disc between each level, one between L2/3, one between L3/4, etc. However, having six screws does lead me to believe that you had two discs replaced. I had a one level fusion at L4/5 and have four screws, two rods and synthetic spacer material with a BMP collagen sponge.

    You're very right in that recovery from lumbar surgery is a very long road. It was much more difficult than my ACDF recovery, but my doc told me that would be the case. I thought having a 3-lvl ACDF and a 1-lvl TLIF would kind of balance the recovery, but he told me different, that lumbar surgery is always more difficult and take more time to recover from.

    So hang in there. Six weeks is still pretty early out from lumbar surgery and you have a ways to go - I'm sure you're still on the no BLT restrictions and have been encouraged to walk as much as you're comfortable with, increasing the length as you can. "They" say that generally you start feeling better at six months and that at 12 months, you start feeling normal again. This has been pretty true in my case, as I'm feeling pretty good but still have problems if I lift too much or stand too long nine months out.

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