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4 Weeks post Lumber Fusion

Hi, my companion had surgery 4 weeks ago & it’s been a roller coaster ride. Can someone tell me if this is normal? Just concern that everything is going as it should? Pain comes & goes, he “ thinks the surgery made his worse”, MD has no concerns. Takes Dilaudid 2 mg as needed. Is walking with walker 20 minutes at intervals . I’m a nurse & want to help him.   Thanks everyone for your insight 

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  • hi nurse56

    welcome to spine-health

    lumber fusion surgery is a major surgery and does have a long recovery attached to it.  i personally found that at 4 weeks, i was just starting to work out how to deal with everything from mobility, personal care and dressing.  

    it is always best to follow the patient's surgeons instructions, so if the surgeon advised walking with a walker, then that should be followed.  for me personally, my surgeon told me not to use a walker, but my stick would be ok.  all patient's conditions are different and this is why it is against forum rules for members to give medical advice  however they can share their own experiences and this can give a general picture of speed of recovery.

    i have just had my 7 month x-ray and it is confirmed i have some bone growth.  i am still on pain meds and have flare ups and challenges, but i was expecting this as i was told this would a long recovery.  i had tlif l4-s1.

    we have surgery buddies groups, under forum topics and these may offer a good insight into other member's recovery. lots of reading matter and you or your companion could even chat to other members if you wish.  just add a comment to join in.

    i have added two links below to help new members with information and these also contain the forum rules.  there is lots of material to research that will give you the power of knowledge.

    welcome to spine health


    aj 


    AJGormit

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    L5/S1 herniation Apr 2013
    nerve root injections Oct 2013
    L5/S1 discectomy Jan 2014
    L5/S1 nerve roo &, facet joint injections & edpidural Jan 2015
    L5/S1 revised discectomy, L4/L5 discectomy & Wallis Inswing Stabilisation L4/L5 May 1st 2015
    L4-S1 TLIF with decompression June 2017
  • I am at 3 months post op (L5 S1 posterior anterior fusion) My first month was really good and didn’t have any pain that wasn’t expected. Month two was a breeze but now in month 3 going into month 4 I have horrible pain. Almost as bad as it was a week after surgery. I also was not allowed to use a walker after I came home. I would have your companion put a phone call into the surgeon and see what advice he has to offer. I guess it’s better to have it checked out and find nothing wrong than to wait and find out something has been wrong.  Good luck :)

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