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Spinal fusion L2 - S1surgery

About to have subject surgery , this will be the 2nd fusion as l5 s1 performed 1.5 years ago.

Reason for spondylolethis,stenosis,degenerate disc and scoliosis.

Legs are weak...standing for more than 5 minutes is almost unbearable.

Any advise on what to expect?

What about recovery mobility ?




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  • SpinegrlSSpinegrl Posts: 15
    edited 05/27/2013 - 5:26 AM
    I am fairly new here and have found this site to be a great source of support and information. I have had two fusions, the last being in July '06. I was told to have some help, prepare some meals ahead of time ect. We are all different but for me it was a long long recovery. I now need to have my left SI joint fused. I found out last July and am still holding back. This will make spine surgery # 6. Plus a THR done in 2011. Will you have help? Do you live alone? I found the the more support you can have really makes a difference in recovery. PT may be added to your recovery as well. I finally gave in and asked to go to a Rehab hospital after the hip because I needed to extra time before returning home. I wish you the very best in regards to your up-coming surgery. Keep us updated.
  • AllMetalAAllMetal Posts: 1,189
    edited 05/27/2013 - 7:36 AM
    I think you will be pleasantly surprised with your mobility once you have had time to heal. You are going in to some major surgery and you'll need to be mentally prepared for that. I speak from a tremendous amount of experience with total lumbar fusion (which seems to apply to you even though it appears they are going to not fuse the L1-L2. I know for the most part (and every surgeon/patient is different) but for the most part in America if you have your total lumbar fused they do "anchor" the lumbar with screws into the hips. These (as seen in my photo) not only stabilize the spine but will also protect the SI joints. I would never even know they were there if I hadn't seen them on the x-ray. I know my surgeon was extremely upfront with me and even stated I'd walk different for the rest of my life because I'd have no "twist". I guess that's true? and I guess he can look at hundreds of people walking and immediately tell, but I sure can't. I walk just fine/normal. The recovery was very difficult, impart for me because my old fusions had to be broken, even some bone partly removed, etc... but I'm sure your recovery will be difficult as well. Just go in mentally prepared. Your surgeon would never suggest such a radical surgery if he didn't think you were an excellent candidate and were strong enough (mentally and physically) to heal. I've always been very limber and thought I'd be giving up that side of my physical self. So not true, I can still sit Indian style on the floor (not recommended for awhile until you've had time to heal), and do all the things I use to do. I have been pleasantly surprised at how much the quality of my life has improved. The weakness in your legs will be there awhile through healing, but they will get stronger and stronger. If you get the option of doing an inpatient rehab after you leave the hospital.... do it. I would NEVER have done that, but I wasn't really in the best position to decided that, so my family decided for me, and I swear it made all the difference. It was horrible to be away from my children for so long, but I focused on healing, on strengthening, and on learning how to deal with life (putting on shoes, getting things off the floor,etc.). I am assuming your surgery is tomorrow or this week. Best of luck to you. Feel free to PM me any time. You are about to embark on a very long and bumpy roller coaster both physically and emotionally, but I promise when it slows down you will be delighted at how much your life will improve over all.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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