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Hi, I'm Hazel. I'm 25 years old and I'm currently living in Turkey.
I had kyphosis surgery 3 weeks ago however any information I find on the surgery is very different to my experience.
My surgery took four and a half hours. All I remember from when I woke up from surgery is pain. They kept telling me that I'd been given pain relief but it honestly was no good. Also, they wouldn't let me move an inch. The next day however, my Dr rolled me onto my side, cleaned my wound and made me stand up and walk. All I remember is wanting to be put back under until it was all over. The Dr said I could sit in the car for the 3 hour drive back hone that evening if we wanted. I couldn't even move my arms without yelling in agony. Luckily my mother refused and remained for 4 nights in total. We arranged an ambulance to take me home in a stretcher.

It's now 3 weeks since the op and I'm able to get up from and into bed on my own. I walk for about 3 mins if I push myself and managed to sit upright for half an hour today.
My Dr had told me that I could go back to work three weeks after the op. ( I'm an English teacher at a private college). I had to phone up and apologise but there is no way I'm anyway near going back to work.

At first, the pain was the worst but now it's the boredom.

I've had a tough time coping emotionally too but I'm pulling through somehow.

I wish someone had told me how bad this would be. I just hope it will be worth it one day.


  • Welcome to the site. I haven't had a surgery like yours, but I have had surgeries that have sidelined me longer then they were suppose to. Like you, it broke my heart. Pain was bad, and then the boredom added to the pain. It's hard to find the right balance of doing enough to get better and not pushing yourself to hard. Six months after surgery, I'm still trying to figure it out! ;)
    I don't know how it felt for you, but I also had to leave work for an extended amount of time, and I felt like I disappointing people. Meanwhile, all they were thinking was positive thoughts, like I hope she gets better. How are you coping emotionally? Do you have people to talk to? Let us know how you are doing!
    2000- spinal fusion, complete spine due to scoliosis
    2012- pain began, started treatment for chronic pain
    2013- install of pain pump, procedures to address complications
    2014-blood patch, spinal fluid leak
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