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L1-L5 Fusion

jgonzalez642jjgonzalez642 Posts: 1
edited 09/29/2015 - 2:07 AM in Chronic Pain
Im recommended to have an L1-L5 fusion but my concerns are they want to do the fusion through the side and place a metal plate covering those fusions. Has anybody gone through this? If so, what is the pain and recovery like as well as the mobility?
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  • Hi, I am fused L1-S1 and both SI joints. My back fusions were done in 3 surgeries. All were either posterior or anterior and one was 360. I have cages and screws. I was in the hospital for several days for each. I think the longest was 5 days. They get you up the next day and you start walking as soon as you can.

    I was off work for 3 weeks with each. I started walking more when I got home. It really feels good. I love to swim and was back in the pool as soon as the incision healed. Taking it easy of course. Being weightless feels great. I have always been very active and I know that helped with the recoveries. I also had/have a very strong core.

    The recovery from the back fusions was much easier and faster than the SI joint fusions which was 6 weeks off work and using a walker and then a cane.

    Pain is pretty great the first 24 hours after surgery but managed with pain meds.

    I hope this helps. Let me know if you need any more info.

    L4/L5 laminectomy, L4/L5 360 fusion with instrumentation, L1 to L5 fusion, L5/S1 fusion w/ disc replacement, left and right SI joints fused.
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