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2 part spinal fusion, Dec. 18 and 20

Hi, everyone. I am having 2 part lumbar spinal fusion next month. I have adult scoliosis and degenerative disc disease. I am 63 and really nervous about this surgery. However, I am tired of being in pain. I understand the neurosurgeon will do L3-4 , and L 4-5 through my abdomen, Then 2 days later, through my side, L1 to L3. Anyone offer any advice??????? After a week in the hospital. should I be able to go home or will I need rehab. Doctor says we will have to see about whether that is necessary.
Ellen Arnel


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  • janiskijjaniski Posts: 679
    edited 11/09/2013 - 10:13 AM
    Welcome to spine health. It is a great website.

    I am fused L1 to S1 and also both SI joints. Of course the fusions were done over several surgeries and I have had them go in thru my front and back. Twice with each. I should have had zippers put in!!

    A week in the hospital is typical as is physical therapy. I was a competitive athlete and being in shape helped out a lot with recovery (I am 64). But it does take a lot out of you and starting with the right easy exercises.

    Complete recovery takes a long time and you must be patient. I was back to work after 3 weeks with my back fusions, the SI joint fusion was different as I had to be partial weight bearing. I do not regret any of the surgeries as they were all successful.

    It is very important to prepare your house. Put everything at counter top level. I found a long handled shoe horn very useful. I had a safety bar installed on my tub/shower. Elastic waistband pants are the only way to go. I cooked things and put them in the freezer. Easy stuff like soups. Its hard to know what will taste good.

    Please feel free to contact me if yo have any questions.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
  • Did you need to go to rehab after a week in hospital?
    Ellen Arnel
  • I did some rehab in the hospital, things like you have to be able to walk so far in a walker and a few other basic things before they release you. I did start PT 4-5 weeks after surgery. I did feel it was needed so I could learn how to go easy with what I had been doing in the past plus my PT worked on my scar tissue a lot which was much needed.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
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