I am a 54 year old female who has had scoliosis for my entire life (diagnosed at age 5). I have an S curve and the bottom curve rotates toward my abdomen. I wore the original milwaukee brace until I stopped by growth process (around the age of 17 1/2). I have experienced back pain with sciatica at various times over the course of my adult life but began having extreme discomfort and leg pain, hip pain and inability to sit or stand for any length of time without experiencing increased pain. I am scheduled for surgery at the end of October and wondered if anyone could offer encouraging words and information on how long the healing process takes and offer tips on how I will feel post-op.
I have had numerous surgeries in various places but never on my back. I am scheduled for a L2-S1 decompression with a T10-Sacrum Posterior TLIF using hardware and stabilizing to my hips. Any communication would be so appreciated. I have so impingement at various lumbar locations and 3 vertebrae that have slipped and are putting increased danger to my spinal cord.
I have great faith in my surgeon. He comes from Cleveland Clinic and now is part of an orthopedic group close to me. I need to know other experiences on how long you were in the hospital, when you went home what did you need that you might not have thought about needing and more questions than I know to ask I guess. I understand every situation is unique and every surgery is different as is the outcome for the individual. I am just trying to get an idea.
It would just be nice to not feel alone in this process. Thank you for your time.
Hopeful but Nervous