Hello, I am new to posting onto this forum, I have been reading alot of peoples posts on Lumbar Surgeries and learning all I can about each and the recoveries, Pro and Cons and what not.
I am 40, Male, and I have been on the patch to stop smoking, so far its working. I have DDD, and was in a motorcycle accident where I was rear ended and my back took the brunt of the blow bending a 1/4inch thick peice of steel of my back rest at 45 degrees. 2yrs later after multiple Epidural Steroid shots, Medrol Packs, PT, Discogram, 2 MRI's
I am in the military and retiring in December 1st 2014. The Most experience Neurosurgeon in the Navy on the west coast will be doing my surgery. He suggested ADR (Pro-Disc) at L3/4 and Alif/Plif from L4/5 to S-1. I went to three other civilian neurosurgeons and they said to have the same proceedure. Am I scared? Yes definitly, But with my quailty of life deminishing more and more by the pain. I have chosen to go ahead with the surgery. I will have my wife who works at home to take care of me while I am down.
My concerns are how long will it take for my body to heal itself, and how long will I be on narcotic pain meds? I am scared to get adicted to them. How long with it take for me to be back to where I can get out of bed in the morning and feel good and not just want to lay in bed on ice all day. Or to walk normal without a limp or shortend stride due to duel sciatica.
My Surgeon told me that for each level fused that is 10% of mobility lost. That would be losing 20% mobility and the ADR would preserve the motion and degereration of the above levels.
Currently I work about 12hrs a day when I don't have flare ups. The last one put me in the ER twice in one week and I missed work for 4 days. Most days I get home from work, about 2hrs later I lay on a ice pack for an hour, then jacuzzi for 30 mins, then icepack again before bedtime. My wife and I used to be active, Riding motorycles all day long, Playing horshoes almost daily (we built our own pit in the yard a few summers ago) and play pool at our house and the local pool league down the street. I feel that my quality of life must get better with this surgery. I am hopeful and trying to stay positive that the healing process will go smooth.
I am curently waiting a call from the surgeon to give me a surgery date. I have been calling each day and leaving a message with his office assistant. Any advice would be very appreciated.