I am new to the group. I am scheduled for a 360 fusion on Monday plus a decompression Laminectomy. The surgeons changed this from an anterior fusion due to the fact that my bones in the back are slipping.
I will have 3 top notch surgeons, a neurosurgeon, an orthopedic, and a vascular surgeon. They are inserting the cage in the front and the screws and rods in the back.
I am just really scared for a few reasons.
I have been in pain management since my previous failed laminectomy and am on Duragesic Patches 50, and Percocet 10 for breakthrough pain.I have been on this dose for well over a year. These meds hardly control my pain now. I hardly go out because of the pain. Will they be able to control my pain in the hospital if I am tolerant to narcotics.
Was your pain post op worse or relieved after a few weeks? Also, I had a foot of colon removed for diverticulitis in 2009 plus 4 previous abdominal surgeries and am loaded with adhesions. After the colon surgery, it was 11 days before my bowels got going again. I need to take 4 peri colace daily. The dr said I have very slow mobility. Did anyone have an ilius or a bowel obstruction after the abdominal approach?
Also, what was your average hospital stay? Did you need to go to rehab? They said 4-5 days and rehab if I need it. Did you go to ICU post op? It is just my husband and myself. Our children are away and we have no other close family, (except our 2 four legged children). How long when you came home did you have someone stay with you?
Thanks so much for any answers you can give me.
Take care and God Bless.
I did read Sticky's advice on what to take to hospital and what to prepare for home. TY.
Take care and God Bless,