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First Post Op Check-Up

I had my first outing today since the fusion surgery two weeks ago. Doc says everything looks fantastic, stitches are out, and that all the hardware is exactly where it is supposed to be. ..YAAAAAAY! ! I was put on a prednisone taper to help calm the hip/leg/foot pain, so hopefully that will ease these inflamed nerves a tad.
The doc said that I might not be able to start the physical therapy as soon as he'd originally proposed...I was only supposed to have a single level fusion, but upon opening me up, found bilateral pars defect (hence the double fusion). I consider myself lucky in that the problem did not continue to go undetected, as the eventual ramifications from that could have been much, much worse from what I understand.
In closing, my pains may be many, but my blessings are countless!
Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
Firm believer in PMA!


  • Congratulations, kid! Keep hanging in there. Glad they picked up the pars thing soon enough. I had a fusion last week and it's also been going great.
  • Photoguy! In that good ol' 20/20 hindsight, I've realized that even though I got SO disappointed after I'd run the gamut of conservative treatments (obviously with the goal of avoiding surgery) which provided temporary/no relief, my functioning would have just continued to deteriorate (possible paralysis, likely loss of bladder and bowel function) without the surgery.
    Which part (s) of your spine were fused? I'm always glad to hear when someone is doing well post-surgery! Thanks for the uplifting message, and I hope your recovery continues to go well!
    Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
    Firm believer in PMA!
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