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New Member> having L4-L5 ADR on July 10th 2015

InkdeepIInkdeep Posts: 3
edited 05/23/2015 - 8:16 PM in Surgery Buddies
Hello all,
I'm new to this but not new to back and hip pain. I had a bad motorcycle wreck in 2000 did a number on my hip and back after years of back and hip pain I went to Dr. And did MRI, and then ENG and Discogram, seen two back orthopedic which both said the same thing that a replacement would be best because of my age of 37 I'm in great shape and active and I've had many surgerys but never a back surgery. So I agreed to do this so I can get back to living again and being a fun outgoing husband and father of 4 and a full time tattoo artist. Looking for some advice on beds or chair after surgery. And a buddy to talk to threw this besides my wife that is a great friend and a RN. Lol.. And good luck to all.
Thanks Chad


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  • katie.e.kkatie.e. Posts: 27
    edited 06/05/2015 - 5:02 AM
    Hi, I have not had surgery yet (13 days out) but I recently bought a SleepNumber bed. They are pricey, but the ability to adjust my firmness everyday is worth it. I didnt get the adjustable base because I didnt want to spend a fortune, but I would bet the adjustable base would be worth every penny as well. Good luck on your surgery and recovery! Im 23 and having a fusion, a disc replacement was my first option, but doctors feared it would not last me long enough.
  • I had ACDF in March 2014. Recovery was great and my neck and left arm are so much better. I am having 360 fusion at S1/L5 on June 15th. After my ACDF I slept in my regular bed but took a valium at night for about 10 days to help me sleep. We have been looking at sleep number beds but I don't think we will get one before this next surgery.
    My first surgery went so well I can't wait to have the lumbar surgery. Good luck on your surgeries. I pray the recovery goes well for both of you. Katie.e, what level fusion are you having?
  • kellslc-- doing an TLIF for L5-S1. i was a bit apprehensive about him going through my back and having to cut muscles but im sure there are pros and cons to ALIF and TLIF and im not sure that either one is particularly better than the other. Ive have my sleepnumber a little less than a week now and it is fabulous. it take a bit to figure out exactly what is comfortable, but i have slept alot better this week.
  • I second the sleep number bed idea. I bought one a few years ago before I had the accident that caused my back injury cause my live in girlfriend liked a soft bed and i liked a firm bed. It was the best compromise. I'm glad I have it though cause its definitely been worth it now. Im 37 years old as well and had a dirtbike accident in september 2014 where I sustained a T6 burst fracture and came very close to being paralyzed. Surgery was done and i'm now fused from T4-T8 and about 9 months post op now. You're a tattoo artist huh, thats cool. Tough on your back though i'm sure as you guys are always hunching over. Goodluck with your surgery, hope you heal well and get back to somewhat of a normal life.
    September 2014 : T6 burst fracture, multilevel fusion from T4-T8
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