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4 Month Checkup with Dr.

JoyJJoy Posts: 559
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Went to see the dr. today for the 4-month post-op appointment. He said everything was coming along very well and I could take the brace off. :O) The x-ray showed "puffy stuff" where the bone graft was put in and he said that this was the beginning of the fusion. Told me to come back in Jan. and I should be fused nicely. #:S He also told me I could bend over as long as I kept the arch in my back...in other words not to round my back. He also said to pay particular attention to my posture.

I am estatic!!! I still hurt (mostly muscular) but not like before. I really thought, after reading so many posts here, that with being so overweight, a smoker and old as dirt that I wouldn't be so far along in the healing process. Thank you, God!!!

BTW, I asked about PT and he said no...not necessary. I will call him back, however, and ask about some stretching exercises just to get them stretched out again.

Hip, hip, hooray!!!


  • I am glad that you are coming along so well. I know that you have had some ups and downs. Here's to even more recovery and less pain.

    Did your doctor fuse with knowledge of you smoking?

    One Love,

  • Yes, he knew about the smoking at the beginning. I believe that's why he used my own bone for the graft and also gave me one of those bone stimulators. I have the kind that velcos on and you keep in on for 30 min. each day. He said that they do promote fusion but only in a small way. But, hey, we need all the help we can get, right?
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  • I was a smoker until June 14th. I need some pain relief and want the surgery. My doc won't fuse active smokers.

    I miss my cigarettes and bourbon, lol.

    One Love,

  • Dont they like doing a fusion if you smoke? :?

    Angie x :H

  • That is wonderful news and cause for celebration - we all need all the celebrations we can find a reason for!
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  • No, a lot of dr.s won't do a fusion surgery if you smoke. Some do. Mine did. He told me to cut down as much as I could (of course, he would rather I not smoke at all). It has something to do with the blood not having enough oxygen that is needed for fusion. Fortunately, I have really good bones. About 3 years ago I had one of those bone density tests and was told I have the bones of a 35-yr. old. That's the only thing young-looking about me. lol. I also have a large bone frame...don't know if that helps or not.
  • Yes, I have definately had my ups and downs. Even as recently as a week ago I thought I was never going to get better. But it was like all of a sudden I noticed that I was moving better, had less pain, was using the pain pills less and less, etc. I would dance around if I wasn't so fat! 8}

    So...hang in there gang, it will get better.
  • that is great news. I'm so happy for you to be fusing nicely.

    Take care and good luck!!!!

  • Just adding my 2 cents & my hearty congrats! Yesss!! you are fusing! Heck, the nagging, achy- & annoying "regular" healing pain will continue --it's muscles & bones & nerves that are really really angry now--but you're growing new bone & that's teriffic! :) I'm @ 9 months now, still hurtin' but much better than last year at this time. Just stay positive & happy that it's working for you!

    Take a bow (bend from the HIPS!) and relax! Enjoy your recovery, don't sweat the small stuff, take your meds & get your rest....

    I'm soooo happy for you! And I think you look mah-vel-us, dah-ling! :)

  • That is great news Joy!! Very inspiring and I hope you continue to get better and better!
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