one of the good things about this forum is the opportunity to make friends with people who are having surgeries that are the same and at the same time as you. i was wondering along this line if the hospital that you are going to have the surgery at has classes that are mandatory for patients before surgeries. about a month before my first fusion, i had mandatory classes put on by the hospital regarding items before and after spinal surgeries. there were about 10 of us and items for discussion were how to prepare oneself before spinal surgery. other items were medications and what and how much were given. how were the hospital going to maintain effective pain control with people who have been on pain meds. how to get up and down stairs. how to take care of oneself with respect to bodily functions. we were given tools to take care of wiping ones self after a bowl movement. wearing braces and how long before we could bend twist or pick up things and going back to work. i found it very useful and they also gave us a binder with all information needed. it was also a place to network with others and to make friends especially if people were going to be in the hospital at the same time as oneself. was anyone given the chance of attending such classes and if so did one find them useful and did one make friends with others to help out. it was great for me and i recommend these classes if you have to attend them. if one did not attend, then the doctor and or a nurse would contact you to see why one did not attend. i also think it was mandatory to attend before we could have the surgery.
I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.