Hello, fellow spine fusion friends.
I am three weeks away from having lumbar level one PLIF surgery and am scared half to death! (Spondylolisthesis,disc hernation,facet DDD L3-4,4-5,L5-S-1)Surgeon will not do any of the other levels because this would be trauma enough for my body? L5-S1 is in really bad shape too. I of course dread the surgery and post pain after the procedure, but am more worried about the post not being able to do anything blues. I am a rather hiper person and am always on the move. Has anyone faced this issue? I know the first several weeks I will feel bad enough that that will not be a problem....but what about the weeks following that?
I have had two cervical fusions plus, a few others surgeries so am not a stranger to surgery. I have been told that this one is REALLY tough though. Please, if anyone could be up front and and give it to me like it really is details etc. I would be so thankful. I would rather be prepared for the worst and have it turn out better....than not be prepared at all, or half way.
I admire all of you that have taken this giant step in trying to better your quality of daily living. I feel like we are dammed, in a way, no matter what our choices are. Just hope this will not lead to future lumbar surgeries....so unsure on the right things to do....
Again, thanks for your time and understanding, L