Hi. My name is Meg. I am a nurse, I was injured moving a patient and
will require a lumbar fusion (scheduled for 7/23/13). My doctor has
proposed using a minimally invasive method with 3 smaller incisions
instead of one large incision. I would love anyone's advice,
suggestions etc to help me prepare for my hospital stay, after
surgery/hospital and home care, etc. I am not familiar with spine
surgery patients and I am scared to death. I am not physically close
to my family/friends as I recently moved to a different state, so I
will be relying solely on my husband. So please feel free to offer
Thank you so much!!
Things that I am greatly concerned about-
1- How long is the hospital stay after surgery? I was told 4-5 days.
My surgery itself is suppose to be 6 hours long. I have a pars defect
that has to be corrected.
2- Could you walk up stairs after leaving the hospital? I have stairs
I will have to walk up to get into my home.
3- Did you need a shower seat? We have a very deep bathtub I will have to step in to.
4-Could you care for yourself immediately after returning from the hospital?
personal hygiene, preparing food etc
5- How intense was the pain post op? Was your pain controlled well?
I have been on pain meds for eight months with elevations in doses of medication. I am worried about issues with pain control post op.