Well I had my 6 week review. I had a list of 20 questions for my doctor, basically my directions are as follows.
*no driving until week 12.
*a ct scan will be done at week 12 to check all is in place, and how the fusion process is going.
*work is out of the question until Week 12.
*stay on all medication as is and we will taper down at week 12 review.
*rehab such as Physio and hydrotherapy will commence at week 12.
So as you can see week 12 seems to be the magic number and time. He said that full fusion will be beteen 12-18 months. By this time whatever stage I'm at is about as good as I'm going to get, I shouldn't get any improvement past then. He once again enforced no twisting, bending at the waist,sitting for more than 10 minuites, and no lifting more than 3kg. He wants me to walk as much as tolerated as this is the best exercise I can do ATM. So basically I'm to be cautious and take care while waiting for the fusion process to do it's thing. He informed me that the nerve conduction studies that were done 2days before the surgery had shown no response to my brain from the S1 nerve, this is due to either damage from the first two surgeries or the compression that happened. Either way he can't fix this. So thats it for another 6 weeks. Is this similar to any one elses orders after L5 S1 Anterior fusion? I know that he is a very cautious doctor, I'm happy with this and Would prefer this than non specific directions. At what stage dud everyone fuse? Looking foward to any responses . Cheers!