I had lower back surgery (a 360 procedure) in 2007. Now, my wife is supposed to have a similar fusion at L4-S1, PLUS a C4-C7 fusion. Her doc is saying that her surgery won't have to be a 360 procedure.
I'm terrified. Even following all the doctor's orders and a miraculous NO COMPLICATION result, it took me 5 months to recover enough to drive and be independent. The doc is telling her that she'll be back up within a WEEK.
Now, I know there's a big difference between a laproscopic procedure and the open surgery I had to endure. But is it really that big a difference??? Or do I need to prepare for months of her recovery?
She's such an independent woman, I'm just so worried she will struggle much more even than I did with recovery...especially if it doesn't meet her expectations after the doctor gave her such a short recovery time.
If you've had a similar surgery (ACDF and (ALIF) more recently than 2007 - preferrably in the last few years - I'd appreciate any information about what to expect recovery-wise.