After three spine surgeries - one microdiscectomy and laminectomy, then two additional surgeries to deal with a staph infection from the first surgery - I'm back in the hospital. My disc and vertebrae are infected, probably with staph, but they'll do a fluid draw from my spine to see if additional infectious agents are involved.
So now I'm facing a spinal fusion - my disc is just liquified, and the vertebrae are grinding against each other. Does anyone have any advice about this type of surgery? I know the procedure, but I'm unsure about what to expect afterwards. I used to be in stellar shape and very slim and muscled ... but after the last three surgeries and months of IV antibiotics and oral antibiotics, I'm 30 lbs overweight and I look like my dad!
What's the recovery time like for this type of surgery? I'm sure it'll be several weeks or months before I can resume a gentle workout regimen. I think.
I know nothing about the aftermath of this surgery. Words of wisdom?