My 86 yr old father in law is having the below surgery after losing strength in his lower extremities and once having incontinence. His Dr. has performed numerous fusions using this approach in San Diego. I am not familiar with these and because of the incontinence they are scheduling the procedure rapidly, next friday. I am leaving Weds to be with him but want some information first.
What should our expectations be, good and bad, and recovery since my husband will be there for at least 2 weeks but need to know if we should have a plan, ie caregiver lined up.
His surgery levels are L4-L5 for the XLIF/posterior fusion and L2-L3 for posterior decompression without fusion for severe spinal stenosis at those levels. He has instability (spondylolisthesis) at L4-L5, which is why he needs more done at that level.