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Hello I am new here

missybrownmmissybrown Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in New Member Introductions
Hello all am posting from London, UK.

After having a L4/5 discectomy laminectomy in 2008 things have been getting progressively worse and now my NS is talking about lumbar spinal fusion surgery. Does anyone have any personal experience of this operation ? Many thanks for sharing.


  • He is sixty six and is doing really well. He had had no previous operations. Went into the operation in horrible pain, could hardly walk and was told he would be in a wheelchair within months. Operation is a little rough but he came home four days later off all pain pills and walking up and down stairs. He is really doing well six months later and we have our fingers crossed that he is fusing.
  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You'll find a lot of great information throughout this site in the form of articles and videos with regards to your surgery, and the members of the forum are very friendly, knowledgeable and supportive.

    I've had a lumbar TLIF at L4/5 almost a year ago. I consider mine a success, but know that it's a life-changing operation. I still can't stand or walk for long periods of time and still do things that aggravate my back, i.e. create pain, by lifting too much or something too heavy.

    My best advice is to have complete confidence in your surgeon and adhere to you restrictions post-op. It's been said that with lumbar surgery, you feel better at 6 months at back to normal at a year. Some people are on track with that and some aren't, but if you take good care of yourself during recovery and the first year afterwards, you have an excellent chance at getting back to normal activities.

    I personally was able to golf six months out from surgery, but my surgeon told my PT to specifically teach me how to swing a club so that I don't damage my hardware or hurt my surgery.

    Do you know what type of surgery is being suggested? What are your symptoms?

    Please let us know a little more about yourself and we can help you even more.

    Take care and please keep us posted.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i have a friend in Northern Ireland who visits London quite a bit..it is really a small world! so glad you are with us! you will find loads of information and all kinds of answers to your questions here on the forum, from the many videos and doctor presentation boards.. good luck! if you do have do have another surgery, always get that second opinion.. the more conformation you have, the better for you!keep us informed! Jenny :)
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