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PILF S1L5 Post Op info

JulieMacJJulieMac Posts: 5
edited 10/21/2012 - 3:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am 3 weeks post op, spent 20 days in hosp after procedure some of this time was rehab. My surgery went for 8hrs due to some other issues my Neurosurgeon said it was very messy and took him ages to even get started on the laminectomy.I found the pain for about 3 days after surgery was the worst pain I have ever had to endure.
I am home now still taking copius amounts of medication.The scar site is also very sensitive (which is to be expected).
I am finding I just can't get over the pain I went through whilst in hosp plus I am finding it hard to deal with how my back feels now I guess there is still swelling there. I am not sleeping well at night ( this was the same before surgery). I just cannot get comfortable sitting in a chair or lying in bed.
I am doing light house work atm nothing strenuous. I am off work for 3 months. I have had lower back issues all my life I am 50yrs old now. The last 2 years being the worst ever.

I am just curious about anybody elses recovery after this type of surgery,




  • poodlemama99ppoodlemama99 Posts: 44
    edited 07/22/2014 - 7:19 AM
    3 weeks is not long enough to see real improvement. I did not even begin to feel better for 2 months and then it was a very gradual improvement. Not sure what kind of work you do but 3 months recovery is not really that long. I had 4 levels fused which I know is more extensive but I doubt it makes that much difference. Recovery would progress the same for the most part. Good luck and keep the faith. I found that walking helped a lot with recovery.
    4 level posterolateral fusion L2-S1 with rods and screws and cadaver bone. Spondylolisthesis, spinal stenosis, scoliosis, sciatica, DDD, facet disease and arthritis. September 2002
  • Thankyou poodlemama99, I do work F/T mostly office work and sitting infront of a computer. I am enjoying hydro which I do 3 times a week, plus I am walking only for about 5 mins a day. It is now just over 4 weeks since surgery. I see the neurosurgeon in 2 weeks time so I will ask him how much excersise I can increase to and take his advise. How is your back now after 10 yrs ???? Thanks again :-)
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