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Questions about one-level 360 fusion

guitardavegguitardave Posts: 2
edited 06/08/2015 - 5:59 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

First time poster...

I'm scheduled for a 360 fusion at L5/S1 after two previous surgeries failed to yield lasting results.

I'm in good shape. I do what I can to stay active, which is a far cry from my "previous" life.

My concerns lie with the abdominal portion of the 360 fusion. I understand the purpose, but it scares the hell out of me.

Does anyone have any experiences of their own about 360 fusion surgery and that gnarly abdominal portion?


Sept, 2009: Discectomy/laminectomy L5/S1
Dec, 2013: Laminectomy revision at L5/S1 2013
June, 2015: 360 fusion (anterior/posterior) at L5/S1


  • I'm almost 4 weeks post-op of a 2 level 360 (L4-S1). I can tell you the surgery was not nearly as bad as I had in my head. My incision is about an inch above my navel to my groin area.My surgeon kept me in an abdominal binder (pretty much a girdle) for the first 2 weeks then I went into my brace. I still wear my binder at night when I'm asleep just to provide more support w/o the brace on. During my surgery my abdominal incision was injected w/ a time released pain reliever that lasted about 48 hours, by the time it wore off I knew how to handle things. Keep a smaller pillow handy so you can brace your stomach when you cough, sneeze, or have a BM. The only pain I have now with my abdominal incision is when I laugh or if I get constipated from the pain pills. Best of luck to you!
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