It is seven months now since my two level lumbar PLIF and I have finally turned the corner .... that is the good news. I had a CT scan a few weeks ago and the surgeon said my fusion is 'exemplary' and the bone grafts are doing well. I am still a bit behind where he hoped I would be in terms of nerve recovery and I still get tightness and some sore pain under the scar lines when I do too much or am tired. I had two nerve root blocks about six weeks ago which has helped a lot with some of the residual leg pain I still had. He has, therefore, allowed me to go ahead and have the knee replacement surgery which had been put on hold while I recovered from the fusion.
I am having a real 'wobble' in facing up to the operation and recovery. I am distressed at knowing, for a while, that I will be back to pain and swelling, bad nights, difficulty mobilising and being stuck at home again. This has made me realised how much I have improved since the nerve blocks ... I do not get tired so quickly now and generally have less pain. I am really being held back because of the knee ....... no point in having had something as big as a fusion to be held back by the knee!!
I know this op. is almost certain to be a success ........ this is just an emotional response and I am sick of people (most of all those who have not had surgery) who all say .... oh, it is such a common operation and you will be fine. I find it patronising even though I know they mean well.
On the other hand, I am trying to look at it as progression forward and that by the spring of next year I will be reaping the benefits of both operations.
Both the back surgeon and knee surgeon know eachother well and have had a couple of conversations about how to best protect my back ... so I know I am in good hands.
Has anybody had knee replacement recently and after back surgery? Any advice would be appreciated.