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Hi ... Finally agreed to fusion surgery in February. l5/S1 is to be fused with a fixed fusion, resecting of facet joint, synthetic Peek grafting. l4/l5 will have a slightly flexible rod to help preserve some movement and reduce stress on L3. Also removing a synovial arthritic cyst in the spinal canal at L4/L5. Also, best news, minimally invasive lifting muscles away rather than cutting through the muscles.
Three hours or so for the op., one night high dependency and then hopefully four to six nights max. In hospital. Advised to wear the brace for about ten weeks.

Advice ... When the surgeon says no lifting other than a cup of tea ... How long for? Appreciate no lifting means nothing much, but say after the first week or so at home, would I be able to stand a while and make a simple meal? I have a fantastic husband who is really loving and helpful, but I will want to give him a break!

How much lying down rest should I get every day? Should I just timetable it in or see how I feel? I realize it will take time just to really get all the anaesthesia out of my system plus painkillers. Truthfully? Are the first three to four weeks as bad as I think they will be re. pain and tiredness? Should I try small multiple walks daily increasing the distance gradually?

Tens machine? Presume a good idea? Other good hints for just practical issues gratefully received! Many thanks



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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I had a 2 level anterior and posterior fusion in October. My orders were no bending, twisting, or lifting/pushing/pulling anything over 10 lbs for 3 months after. I'm almost 3 months post-op and have been in a brace the entire time.

    The less lying down the better, at least in my experience. If I wasn't walking, my surgeon wanted me sitting in a chair. Upon discharge, I was told to walk 3 times a day, 10 minutes each time and to increase that as I was able to. By week 3 I was walking 2.5+ miles a day.

    For me only the first few days were bad. I was pretty comfortable by the time I got home and my pain was under control. I used a walker when in the hospital and a cane for a day or two after I got home.
    10/28/13 - ALIF, PSF, decompression at L4/L5 and L5/S1
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