I will be 9 weeks out from my minimally invasive L4-L5 fusion with cage on Tues. I have been very active from day 1 with stretching, walking, buying an elliptical (because of our cold, icy weather in WI). I am better overall. Happy with my surgeon. Luckily I did my homework and found an ortho dr. who went and did a fellowship in minimally invasive spinal surgery. Otherwise, I had seen a neurosurgeon who was going to do an open fusion. He told me I would be out of work for at least 4 months..in the hospital for 4 days. I was out of the hospital within 23 hrs. with my dr. Yes, the pain was quite intense, but I would have been uncomfortable in the hospital and would rather be home. I am still taking Percot and diazapam for the pain. But my pain is mainly nerve pain in the sacral area. The post-surgical pain has always been bearable. I was just wondering if there is anybody else out there with this experience? I am only 49 with hereditary OA, so I had to have a fusion due to severe spinal canal stensosis with nerve root impingement. After years of steroid injections, PT, etc...the pain was going down my legs and I could hardly ever be comfortable. It had gotten to the point where I had no choice...couldn't work, couldn't even walk a block without it being a struggle. Now, 9 weeks out, am I expecting too much? I realize my muscles were and are still guarding the pain I am having! How long should I expect the numbness and pain in the sacral area to last? Anybody out there still struggling with this? I am trying to be positive, but can be difficult. Do not want to have to go on anti-depressants. Overall, just overwhelmed and wanting to hear from others for suppport! I have trying to take my pain meds 5-6 hours apart and trying to decrease, but I think being active also irritates the area.
radtechtam MIS L4-5 Fusion