I had my 2 week post-op with my surgeon for my ALIF at L5-S1, and everything so far is looking great! Got to see the x-rays and there it is all screwed in neatly this anterior pyramid plate, it's very small....3 little screws and I saw the 2 rods of cadaver bone that will fuse and it all looks amazing.
My questions are really out of curiosity about how you all have recovered from fusions? The reasons I ask is because up until a few days ago my back has really not been that painful, however I had some appointments which meant showers, doing my hair, car rides, walking etc and that did it....my back has hurt, my legs have spasms, it's just all increased....back and hips and legs! On top of dealing with the incisional, surgical pain in my abdomen......I understand it's just all part of the healing process after all it was only 2 weeks ago today!
However......what has shocked/surprised me the most is my Doctor.....he told me that I basically have no restrictions! Just listen to my body, if it hurts, stop! He said nothing I do can hurt this fusion, it's not going anywhere. He said this is the advantage of the anterior approach, this latest hardware is that you can't mess it up. He sees no reasons it won't fuse, only a major impact could damage it or move it, so daily activities are perfectly safe. The BLT restrictions are more about protecting my level above fusion and they will just aggravate my back and induce pain.
So I walked out of there being told that as time goes by and I fuse my pain should gradually diminish and he will see me in 6 weeks!
Is it really this easy? I know I should just feel blessed and lucky and I do, really I do, but I am still so worried I'll move the wrong way and hurt myself, but my dr assures me nothing I do can hurt my fusion!!
I just want to do this right, heal properly.....and I just never got any warnings or precautions from my dr, he told me just do whatever I feel comfortable doing.....but just the dr visit yesterday wore me out and I was in pain so I know I am not ready to just get on with it.....I still need more time!
So, what do you all think? Have others had this same advice after fusion?
Can recovery really be this easy?
Curious and confused and still hurting!