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Scared-surgery 4 L4-S1 ALIF/MI-PSF on 1/14/16

CMrulerCCMruler Posts: 2
edited 01/05/2016 - 6:45 AM in Recovering from Surgery
As a 60-yr old CO native, I have had my share of 'spills" participating in many sports. I now am diagnosed w/ osteoarthritis, DDD, lumbar stenosis and thoracic or lumbar radcuiis.
I have put the surgery off 4 approx. 2 yrs. In 2015 I received 4 sets of cortisone (which I have been receiving for the last 5 yrs ) ok...why am i scared?? I have ZERO patience and i just recovered from a TKR (04/01/2014).. AND I was just informed of plans for an " additional spinal fusion" w/ a min. of 4 days in hospital? Thank you SOOOO much for your "tips & tricks"...it was a blog similar to this that helped me survive my knee recovery.



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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 726
    As someone who is your same age I can tell you that recovery from lumbar fusion surgery is a longgggg tough road. I also have suffered from arthritis (Psoriatic) for a long time and even contemplated Total Knee Replacement (TKR) but earlier this year I started getting weekly Etanercept injections and it's the best thing I've done in years for relief of my arthritis pain. Within literally days I was a changed person in regards to the swelling and pain in my joints. Etanercept is one of several drugs in a new class of therapeutics called biological response modifiers... you might want to ask your doctor about it before you have your surgery as it might give you enough relief to avoid surgery.
    Harry - 63 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • I am in week 8 of a Spinal Fusion S1-L2 with screws and rods. My surgeon was able to use bone from the area that he had to do a laminectomy on to get to this rather large area. This is my second back surgery, my first being a laminectomy L2-L5 with discectomy L3-L4, that is another story.
    October 30, lumbar spinal fusion S1-L2, removed 2 synovial cyst, discectomy

    I needed several things done the second time. More discectomy, removal of 2 synovial cyst that showed up in my spinal column after surgery 1and the fusion. I will tell you it is a very painful surgery to recover from. I spent 3 days in the hospital, 5 days in a re-hab like nursing home. I could not go home until I could walk with a walker by myself. It took me that long to get my legs going again. I will never forget trying to stand for the PT people at the hospital and not being able to feel my legs. Recovery is all about giving your body time to heal at its pace. Listen to your body. You will be pushed to walk as much as you can, do as much as you can. Listen to your body. I could not really get out of bed for about a week after home (I think now I just did not want to move, move=pain). I am now at the point of being able to walk around without a cane or walker. I started Physical Therapy in water and it is by far the best therapy I have had since surgery. That working out your body in water really works.
    Pain, I had 2 different iv's with pain med along with 2 percocets every 4 hours and a Valium every 8 hours.
    I was sent home taking 2 percs every 4 hours and a Valium every 8 hours. You really need the muscle relaxer (Valium) to help reduce the spasms that are like electrical shocks that go away over time. I have now been taken off percs and put on Norco?? I believe it is similar to Vicadin??
    I was on a regular regiment of percs up until last Wed and then started with the norco and extra tylenol. Sorry but this does not cut the pain I am still having in my hip/lumbar/spine areas. I go see my surgeon this Thursday with a boat load of questions.
    What's up with the Colorado comment, what a beautiful state you have. By the way, I was 53 for my first surgery (laminectomy) and 54 for the second. I could have gotten away with just a 2 level instead of the 4 level I got but I am trying not to visit my neurosurgeon again.
    I was scared too, I went to an orthopedic surgeon first who scared me to death. I could have had surgery much earlier but I sought out a second opinion of which I am very thankful for. Good luck, give yourself time, do not do too much too fast, listen to your body and listen to your doctors!
  • This was my 3rd time being put under. Knee, then hernia then open back 4 weeks ago. I was scared this time.... I figured, I don't want to be crippled so let's do this quickly. Shoot, go to hospital, get into gown, then get a mask with a funny smell.. Next thing is,,,,wake up Danny, your done! Cool..can't wait to see what happens next! Lol
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