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Successful Surgery

After reading so many posts before my surgery, I thought I owed this Forum my result thus far. I am 7 weeks post L-2-L-5 Lumbar Fusion ( with hardware and bone graft) and a decompression on both sides for stenosis. I am happy to say ALL my terrible leg nerve pain is gone (was gone day after surgery) and I can stand up straight and walk! I have a way to go with PT starting in Jan., For now it is just walking, walking and more walking and easy upper body exercise.
But just being able to walk without pain is a great improvement for me and makes me happy! By the way I was in hospital for just 3 days,came home and had Home Care for 3 weeks. I am also off pain meds 3 weeks now (they were more a problem than the operation!).
I was very fearful of having this surgery after reading so many negative posts and it leads me to wonder about the Surgeons. I was very lucky to live near New York City, and after doing lots of research found a great Spine Surgeon at a specialty Hospital there. I realize not everyone can do that but I do believe the surgeon & hospital makes a big difference. Many ask if it should be a neurosurgeon or a Spine surgeon....at this hospital BOTH are present....the spine surgeon to do the operation and the neuro to look on & guide him with results from a myleogram. So from all this I learned....check out the surgeon & hospital thoroughly and try to find one of the Best your Insurance will cover.


  • KayKKay Posts: 50
    edited 10/30/2015 - 8:51 AM
    Could you PM me and tell me who your surgeon and hospital is in NYC? I have had great difficulty after 12 specialists over last 6.5 years. Be careful regardless of surgery or not. It is much easier to injure other discs and re-herniate that one after surgery.

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  • I am going in for my surgery 11/4/15 and wanted to jump on here and say thanks to all who have posted. It has helped alleviate my concerns.
    Met with my NS 10/29 and he is telling me i won't need to wear a brace and i won't even have a bandage on my incision. Will let everyone know how it goes after, I have been told I will not be able to get into the ocean for about 2 months, so that's a bummer since i live in Maui, but I am looking forward to being out of pain.
  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    Thanks for the update!
    It is always great to hear such good news!

    I wish you the very best with your continued recovery!
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    Please read my medical history at: Medical History

  • Great news and best of luck on your recovery.
  • kkuylenkkkuylen Posts: 86
    edited 11/02/2015 - 8:11 AM
    Hey there so happy that you posted and that you're doing well. I also live in New York area. Would you be be able to PM me real quickly as well. I just saw on my fourth surgeon and I'm confused on where to go. have a feeling we are seeing the same people
  • Thank you for coming back to post! I lurked here terrified before my procedure and it was the contributions by everyone here who helped me get through each day leading up to it. I too have had wonderful results and am SO grateful. So happy for your outcome and wish you all the best and continued recovery! Can't wait to ring in 2016 for all of us!
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