I am new here, posting on behalf of my father who is not computer literate. He just had a 7 level laminectomy and fusion from C3-T2 to reduce severe myelopathy yesterday. He is doing well post surgery though in understandable pain . The surgery went fairly uneventfully, except having to go a level farther down than they had planned.
My concern is about his recovery. They originally told him he would be in the hospital 3 days following surgery but now they are saying he will be released tomorrow. At this point, he has no one at home to help him during the day as my mother is very limited in ability due to her own health conditions. In general, prior to the surgery, he spent a good amount of time helping her. He does all the cooking and cleaning and general care around the house, including caring for their cat.
I am trying to figure out if it is going to be possible for him to actually function at home without a good amount of help, or whether I should push for discharge to a rehab facility for a week or two until he is better able to function.
He has to climb about 18 very steep steps to get to their apartment but once he is in the apartment, it is all one floor. He has two recliners for sleeping if he finds it difficult to get into their bed (which is fairly high). I work 40+ hours a week so will only be able to check in after work and on weekends and I am his only child. His other family members are not reliable. They may do minimal things to help for the first few days but not after that.
I had a one level ACDF 5 years ago and recall that a good part of my rehab was walking short distances many times a day and working up to longer distances. With the steps, I don't know how that would be possible for him.
Any thoughts? Thank you in advance.