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back pain after surgery

dillowsharonddillowsharon Posts: 1
edited 01/20/2015 - 2:07 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello, my name is Sharon I had back surgery 1 month ago at the s1/l5 level they went through the front and put spacers in 2 levels. The doctor said that it was degenerated more than what he had thought and almost couldn't complete the surgery. I have to wear a hard brace when I am up. I was wondering how long is the recovery time for this type of surgery I still have a lot of pain, and pressure.*********************************************************************************************************
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  • Each person heals at a different time frame, your age and type of surgery play a role too. Your doctor can verify this question. I will say it's not a fast process or at least it wasn't for me.
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
  • As with any surgery , everyone heals differently. In my case, at 1 month, the pain level was only slightly less than the first day.
    I didn't really start to notice any thing significant until about week 6. After that , the improvement occured weekly. I'm now at almost 6 months out and feeling pretty good! For myself I feel very fortunate as the surgery , thus far , seems to have been a success.
    Stay positive and follow your Physicians instructions for the best outcome. This is what I believe helped me to get through this
    Best Regards
    Bilateral L5 spondylolysis L5 with grade I anterolisthesis L5-S1.
    Stable multilevel degenerative spondylosis contributing to mild canal
    narrowing L2-3 and L3-4.
    360 ALIF & PLIF L-4 - S-1 on 8/11/14
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