I had fusion L1-L5 on June 5. I just went back to the surgeon for my second post surgery check up. Everything is looking good and I can start weaning out of my brace while working with a Physical therapist. I am so happy with the outcome. My constant and debilitating leg pain is gone and my only back pain is when standing or walking a long time.
My doctor is just pleased as Punch with me and with himself (I suspect).
I turned 70 just a couple of weeks before my surgery and am in good health overall. I was exercising and walking a lot right up until the surgery.
I had a drain just to the right of the main incision at the upper buttocks which has healed just fine but I generally feel more pain in that area. I asked the doc about it yesterday and he said that is where the probe went, and he might have taken some bone there too. He told me about this probe that helps him see the nerves before surgery but I have forgotten what it is called. It is technology that has only been out a few years. He said it was state of the art.
I also looked up the bone harvesting sites and that is a site sometimes used.
So there is life after 4 level fusions even at age 70.