I need a lumbar fusion on levels L4/L5.
The surgeon I used before gave me a lot of misinformation about recovery from an ACDF of two levels.
My husband Floyd not want me to use him again. The surgeon wants to do lumbar fusion and said that the recovery takes about a month. The way they do the surgery is supposed to be less invasive than traditional lumbar fusion. They do a couple of small incisions and move your muscle to the side instead of cutting through it. The lady who handles the surgery said that if I had traditional lumbar fusion that they make a six inch incision and cut through the muscle. She said I would be in a back brace for six months and need intensive physical therapy afterwards. I already have a screw loose from the ACDF that they did so my husband really feels like they are not very good and are high pressure sales people. What is lumbar fusion recovery like when you have the more intrusive type of fusion? Are they telling me the truth or once again giving me bad information and using scare tactics?