I am going to have a 2 level lumbar fusion November 20th (L4/L5, L5/S1) I had a microdiscectomy and a few other things done in April. So about 7 months ago, and I reherniated both discs within a few weeks of surgery. I did PT for a few months after surgery and had an MRI done and thats when we found out the reason for my unsuccessful recovery from surgery. Anyways since this a workers compensation case I had to go see a psychologist and another doctor to see if I meet the requirements for the fusion surgery. I guess I do since I got a letter a few weeks ago in the mail saying the procedure has been approved and now is scheduled.
My question is what can I expect after surgery? I am only given 2 days in the hospital by the insurance company and hopefully I won't need to be in more than that (I am having a PLIF if it makes a difference on recovery time) I know the microdiscectomy post surgery pain wasn't too bad but still a bit painful. I am guessing the fusion surgery is going to be more intense and much more painful, I just don't know what to expect. I am 34 so not too old but have a beat up back for sure. So if anyone who has had the same or similar surgery could let me know what to expect I would appreciate it.
And since I work in the heavy lifting field I'm guessing my days of manual labor are done too? Anyway thanks for any help or insight you may have.