Hello again everyone. I just have some questions.
Quick version: To those who've had a 360 lumbar fusion, what is the healing process really like? What I would like to know is stuff like how long were you told you'd be out of work vs how long you actually were out, how did you find a comfy position to lay in without hurting either incision site, and anything else you can tell me about the healing process.
I am only 21 and a 360 lumbar fusion(L4-L5) will be my first surgery ever (great first pick, huh? haha). I am really nervous and my surgery is scheduled for July 25 so I have a long, anxious wait ahead of me!
So regarding the healing time, my surgeon said that people with jobs like mine (receptionist) usually return to work in 6 weeks. When he said that I needed to pick my jaw up of the floor. I've read a lot of other posts that people are out of work at least 8 weeks, and even then they can't tolerate working.
I have been trying to find threads on this site with 360 patients but there just aren't too many (or if there are, I can't find them!).
I know there are tons of posts about helpful things to do while healing but I was also wondering if you could tell me which did you find most helpful.
Also, does anyone know if the healing process of a 360 and a PLIF or ALIF are very different? If they're not then I guess I can just keep scouring up as much info as I can.
I apologize if this post is choppy and written horribly. It is 4am, I've gotten 5 hours of sleep in the past 2 days, and I took a pain pill. I'll probably kick myself later for even posting something as ridiculous as this probably is lol.
Thanks in advance everyone!