Hello to everyone,
I had a lumbar fusion at three levels (L3 to S1) with instrumentation on June 13th (they used bone from laminectomy at all levels and cadaver to perform fusion). My surgeon dealt with lots of scar tissue from a prior diskectomy and foramintomy (in 2002), and so I was on the operating table for a total of 7 hours.
Doing well (I think so anyway) overall, but still have variable nerve pain in right ankle, right lower calf, and (sometimes) right hamstring and glutes. Some discomfort (not always pain) in lower back...have difficulty sitting for long periods of time (I sit for hours at work)...have lots of difficulty getting up from lying position.
I must say that I have been challenged physically to get back to work - i.e., stamina has been a real issue here. Mentally, I have been ready for a couple of weeks (one can only watch so many episodes M*A*S*H - I'm now into the fourth season!)...I am very curious as to what other folks may have experienced in terms of return to work timelines, particularly with an office-type job (no lifting, etc - only sitting for hours on end in front of a computer)?
BTW, I am not an M.D...I have a Ph.D...