Hi. I had L5S1 fusion surgery last Wednesday to correct end stage degeneration of the disc and to stablise the area as my muscles kept going into spasm when I lay in bed or flat, I was also bone on bone. I was out of hospital by the Friday evening and have only had to take paracetamol and the occasional diclofenac. Started using the treadmill by Saturday and did 1 mile in 2 sessions plus the physio exercises. Since then have increased the mileage and am continuing to progress. Have been able to sleep in a bed through the night for the first time in 5 years, having had to sleep in a recliner. I'm hoping this op has worked and wanted people to know that I found that the fusion surgery and recovery so far has been much better than I thought would happen with very little pain.
I did do a lot of preparation before the surgery - lost 13 pounds, walked 7 miles a day on the treadmill or used a stationary bike and also did 40 mins - 1 hour of cardio boxing and toning on the X box to get my arms, legs and buttock muscles stronger. I reckon this did a lot to aid my recovery and the physios agree. Hope this gives hope to anyone considering fusion surgery for this type of problem and who is worried about what might happen.