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L4 L5 Fusion

alij123aalij123 Posts: 2
edited 11/18/2015 - 2:01 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
My 19 year old son is having at least an L4 L5 fusion in January. History is naturally fused L5 onto S1.Diagnosed 2013 along with dehydrated disc and early osteoarthritis. November this year diagnosed with Pars defect fracture on L4 and both sides pars defect on L3. Protruding disc on L4 pressing on spinal nerves and arthiritis and degenerative disc disease. Are there any other parents who have been through this or similar please and can any body tell me how long I will need to take off work to care for him? Thanks in advance.

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  • I'm sorry to hear that your son is having issues. I am 38 and had an L4/5 fusion on October 21. Each person is different with their recovery but from my personal experience I would say 2 weeks. I'm 38 and stayed at my parents house after my surgery while my husband took care of our children at our house. I rented a hospital bed which I found helpful but not necessary. I had a 360 fusion where they make an abdominal incision as well as a back incision. The first 4 days were ROUGH in the hospital but once I was released things started getting better. I took perkoset the first 2 days after I was released but that was it and was driving the day after my 2 week checkup. At 2 weeks I returned home to my family and was doing well. He will have a lot of movement restrictions but you don't need to be home and off work. He should be more independent by that point. Good Luck!!!
    Jacki - Age 37
    L4-L5 Discectomy April 2, 2009 (Felt Great for 5 years)
    2014-Reherniation of L4-L5 disc
    ESI #1 - August 4, 2014 - No Relief
    ESI #2 - August 18, 2014 - No Relief
    360 Lumbar Fusion L4/5 - scheduled for October 21, 2015
  • I had a similar surgery, but not the same. I am older, 40, and herniated a disc at L5/S1 last year, had a microdicectomy and then discovered a pars fracture at the same place. I had a minimally invasive fusion on November 4th. I have the usual activity restrictions- no bed lift twist, wear a brace when out of bed... but... I have done a lot better than I expected. In fact I am going back to work this week- including driving myself there and back. (I work a desk type job though so... results may vary).
    I really never had anyone at home with me full time, but if i had a choice I would have liked someone there in the first week especially because I was really tired and confused from all the different medications.... and such, but I just had to chime in that the recovery from mine was not nearly as difficult as they had told me it would be....again, results really do seem to vary a lot with backs.
  • Thank you for your replies they are very helpful and your positive attitudes must have helped towards your speedy recoveries. I am initially going to take a week off and then take it from there, he may be glad of a bit of peace after that!! Thanks again it really is comforting to know you can get back to some normality so soon.
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