I'm having my hardware out on Monday. This will be my 6th surgery for my lumbar spine. This is a last ditch effort to reduce my pain enough to hopefully avoid disability.
I'm 30 years old and will never be "normal" again. I have three kids under the age of 11 and a marriage only two years young. I'm trying to stay positive, but of course it's hard. Especially when my husband thinks I will be a "cripple" for the rest of our lives.
My last fusion was Feb 2007. It took 7 months to get back to my job. My career is that of surgical technologist. This means that I scrub in to the surgery and help with instrumentation, sutures and implants, etc.. My specialty is neuro/ortho and mostly spine, but also brain surgeries. I love my job with a passion, but I fear I will never be able to return to it.
I was wondering if anyone here has had hardware removal as I'm curious as to what to expect. I've scrubbed the cases many times, but have no idea what happens after the patient goes home. Someone told me they felt great in three wekks, but my surgeon just told me 8-12! That doesn't make sense to me with what I know about surgery. I am expecting this to be a cakewalk compared to the other surgeries I've had. I know I'll hurt pretty good the first week, but I'd think it would be fairly quick to recover from. Anyone care to enlighten me?