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Hi, I'm 53 and facing my first major surgery. I have Scoliosis (since a teenager), Spondylolisthesis, left lateral listhesis and degenerative disk disease. Oh and some stenosis but with no radicular pain. All of my pain is in my lower back. The L3 is shifting 6 mm over the L4 and not much disk left between the L3-L4 and L4-L5 segments. The Dr is doing to do a 2 level fusion in 2 surgeries, from the front first and then from the back a few days later. They said I'll be in the hospital for a week.
I have no idea what to expect in between the surgeries or when I get home. The Doctor has been very vague and just says it depends on the individual and what they find when they get in there.
I work from home as a computer programmer and pressed him on when I may be able to return to work. Initially, he said I could go back right away. Now he's saying 3 - 4 weeks. Guess it depends on how long I need the pain meds. I was hoping for less time off as I have a client I'm putting in a tough spot while I'm out.
I'm also wondering how long I'll need to have someone with me following the surgery. My husband will be with me and his work will allow him to stay home as long as needed, without pay of course. He also has tickets to a college basketball game out of town a week after my 2nd surgery and I'm wondering if I will be able to be home by myself for the day.
Anyone with advice who has had the same type of surgery is greatly appreciated.