2 level spine fusion wondering about the healing process

2 level spine fusion wondering about the healing process

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2 level spine fusion wondering about the healing process

I will be have a 2 level spine fusion L4-S1 on November 2nd. I am curious as to what the healing process was like and how long people were in the hospital after the surgery. Any advice would be of great help.

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6 weeks post-op

Hey there...I'm 6 weeks post-op, 2-level TLIF (L4-S1). My surgery took about 5 hours and spent four days in the hospital. Mainly to make sure there was no infection. I started PT the next day after surgery in the hospital. The first week of recovery is going to be a BITCH!! Excuse my language. I was really sore but had no more back and leg pain. I started PT 2 weeks after I was released from the hospital with another therapist. Mainly working on core and leg strength. After 6 weeks I feel great. Still some minor soreness around the incision. My therapist is also massaging the incision area to break down any scar tissue that is or may have formed. My flexibility was pretty much shot after surgery, that's where therapy comes in. My best advise is to walk, walk, walk!! Once your home from the hospital, walk everyday (more than once). Walking will help loosen and strengthen your back muscles. Range of motion (bending/twisting) will come back in time. Mine's getting better everyday. Listen to your doctor, your therapist, and especially your body. Let me know if I can answer anymore of your questions.

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6 weeks post-op

Hey there...I'm 6 weeks post-op, 2-level TLIF (L4-S1). My surgery took about 5 hours and spent four days in the hospital. Mainly to make sure there was no infection. I started PT the next day after surgery in the hospital. The first week of recovery is going to be a BITCH!! Excuse my language. I was really sore but had no more back and leg pain. I started PT 2 weeks after I was released from the hospital with another therapist. Mainly working on core and leg strength. After 6 weeks I feel great. Still some minor soreness around the incision. My therapist is also massaging the incision area to break down any scar tissue that is or may have formed. My flexibility was pretty much shot after surgery, that's where therapy comes in. My best advise is to walk, walk, walk!! Once your home from the hospital, walk everyday (more than once). Walking will help loosen and strengthen your back muscles. Range of motion (bending/twisting) will come back in time. Mine's getting better everyday. Listen to your doctor, your therapist, and especially your body. Let me know if I can answer anymore of your questions.

AFGuy
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6 weeks post-op

Hey there...I'm 6 weeks post-op, 2-level TLIF (L4-S1). My surgery took about 5 hours and spent four days in the hospital. Mainly to make sure there was no infection. I started PT the next day after surgery in the hospital. The first week of recovery is going to be a BITCH!! Excuse my language. I was really sore but had no more back and leg pain. I started PT 2 weeks after I was released from the hospital with another therapist. Mainly working on core and leg strength. After 6 weeks I feel great. Still some minor soreness around the incision. My therapist is also massaging the incision area to break down any scar tissue that is or may have formed. My flexibility was pretty much shot after surgery, that's where therapy comes in. My best advise is to walk, walk, walk!! Once your home from the hospital, walk everyday (more than once). Walking will help loosen and strengthen your back muscles. Range of motion (bending/twisting) will come back in time. Mine's getting better everyday. Listen to your doctor, your therapist, and especially your body. Let me know if I can answer anymore of your questions.

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6 weeks post-op

Hey there...I'm 6 weeks post-op, 2-level TLIF (L4-S1). My surgery took about 5 hours and spent four days in the hospital. Mainly to make sure there was no infection. I started PT the next day after surgery in the hospital. The first week of recovery is going to be a BITCH!! Excuse my language. I was really sore but had no more back and leg pain. I started PT 2 weeks after I was released from the hospital with another therapist. Mainly working on core and leg strength. After 6 weeks I feel great. Still some minor soreness around the incision. My therapist is also massaging the incision area to break down any scar tissue that is or may have formed. My flexibility was pretty much shot after surgery, that's where therapy comes in. My best advise is to walk, walk, walk!! Once your home from the hospital, walk everyday (more than once). Walking will help loosen and strengthen your back muscles. Range of motion (bending/twisting) will come back in time. Mine's getting better everyday. Listen to your doctor, your therapist, and especially your body. Let me know if I can answer anymore of your questions.

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14 days post op here

Had the same surgery you're going in for on Oct 5th. I was in the hospital for 3 days (Surgery was on Mon morning and I went home about 10am on Thurs). I was up and walking the day after surgery. If I hadn't had issues with nausea from the anesthesia I would have felt amazing! Once I got past all of that, I started feeling really great. I'm in little to no pain, really just a little stiffness and mostly at night. I've actually got myself down to one Percocet about an hour before bed and one sometime during the night, usually around 3 or 4 am. And really that's only to make it more comfortable to sleep and to avoid any withdrawals.

It's really been a lot easier than I expected. Walking is definitely a key! So as soon as you can, and as often as you can without pushing too hard, get yourself up and about even if just for a few minutes at a time.

best wishes!

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Welcome to the board ~

Well, for a slightly different take on things: I had a one level PLIF -- surgery was about 3.5 hours, I was in the hospital three days. I got to my room at 11 p.m. and they had me up first thing the next morning walking. I was on pain meds for the first eight weeks. I began physical therapy at about 15 weeks and I danced at my son's wedding five months later.

If I had a job that involved sitting, I probably could have gone back to work at around four months....

Plan on recovery taking longer than you think it should, and, as others have said, walk and rest, walk and rest. Do not try to rush things, including PT, was you can cause more harm than good.