I'm writing this post to both thank those who have helped me through my presurgical worries and to inform those who may be getting a 360 lumbar fusion. My spine issues are in the signature if you'd like to see what my story is. First I want it to be known that I am typing this on my iPhone and autocorrection isn't a good friend of mine.
So I had my 360 lumbar fusion of L4-L5 on July 25th. The surgery was around 5 hours long (I remember asking my mom how long it was about 15 times after coming out of anestesia but never remembering the answer haha). The surgery went as planned and was considered successful.
I was in the hospital for 7 days due to medical complications. I spiked a fever of 103.2 the night of the surgery. I was told it was very normal for people (especially younger patients[I'm 21]) to get fevers for the first 3 days or so after the surgery. I was kept for 7 days becuase my fever wouldn't go away, though it did drop to 99-101 for the last few days. I ended up being discharged with a fever and told to monitor it at home. It went away the day after I went home.
I also had some other issues like tachycardia and low blood levels that leas to a transfusion but it was the blood I donated before the surgery so I didn't care.
Now if you are still reading this, I didn't mean to frighten you away from the surgery. I seriously have none of the pain I had before the surgery(I'm hoping I don't jinx myself!). It is so amazing to wake up and only have the post op stiffness and slight incision pain but none of that sharp stabbing stuff from before. I go for my first post op appointment next week and I just want to give my surgeon a big hug and thank him for saving me from a life of pain.
Before the surgery I was so scared and trying to fond all the information I could about this surgery and I have read so much helpful stuff and have been able to message so many helpful people and I need to say thank you! Thank you to everyone who has ever sent me a message, replied to my posts, or even posted a question that I had. Thank you!
If you have any questions regarding the surgery, feel free to message me and I'll do my best to help you!