I'm a 45 years old male who, after 10 years of dealing with back pain am taking full measures with a spinal fusion on Jan 12. They will be doing an anterior approach with a cage and PLIF with rods and screws. Wonderful heh? It's to treat a spondylolisthesis.
I did epidurals during the 10 years and it really helped, until recently when they stopped working.
Everybody talks about the pain after surgery. I've seen a bunch of videos on YouTube and it scares the crap out of me. I tell you, it wouldn't seem half as bad if they didn't have to cut me from the front. Accessing my spine from my abdomen just doesn't seem right!!!
Having an issue too with a cadaver bone in me. It's kinda weird to think about it. Although it gets my mind off of the catheter that they'll have to yank out.
Can someone who has had this surgery shed some light on the pain? or any of the host of other topics I've shared about? or if you are having a fusion soon, we can commiserate on our situations.
Thanks to all who have read this