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There's life after 360 fusion

doug260ddoug260 Posts: 12
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:01 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello everyone. I just wanted to let people who are considering surgery that they're not all horror stories. I am a 38 year old police officer who had a 360 fusion (L4-S1) 2 years ago. I spent about 2 days in the hospital and another 6 days in a rehab. After 6 weeks I returned to work full time on light duty (desk). At 12 weeks I was back to full duty and worked a 12 hour foot post for a marathon in our town. I won't lie and say I wasn't sore but the point is I was able to do it. After about 6 months everything was back to normal (except some unsightly scars on my stomach , but I'm a police officer not an Abercrombie model) I still get sore when it's really damp out or I sit for a long time or I strain my back a little more than I should but it's nowhere near as bad as it was before the surgery and it goes away pretty quickly. I go to the gym 3-4 times a weeks and do about 40 minutes on the treadmill at the fastest walk I can do without running at a decent incline. If I have to run at work, I will but I'm not going to push it at the gym where I don't have to. Be smart with your new back. I was very concerned that this surgery would end my career but it ended up saving it. I have 17 years on the job now and don't see how I could have made it to 25 without the surgery. The last thing I would like to say is that it very true that people who have had success rarely come back to this site. They have moved on which is why you don't hear from them. For all those still suffering, I wish you the best of luck and sincerely hope you find relief.
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  • Thank you for the encouragement. I just went through the exact same surgery. I posted my positive experience on this site as well earlier this week. I am 4 1/2 weeks out and I'm feeling great. Everyone can't believe I even had back surgery because I'm walking better and have more energy than preop. Surgery was rough, but since I've been home i forced myself to get up and walk every hour . I do PT 3 times a week and I walk and do my at home exercises religiously. I am grateful to have been blessed with a smooth recovery so far. I'm just staying positive and as active as I can be so hopefully I can come back 2 years down the road with a similar story as yours. Thanks again and I wish you continued health :)
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