Hi All, I haven't posted in a looong time. Just wanted to give an update especially for those heading into this surgery and worried about the outcome.
I had a 2 level fusion at L4-S1 with rods and screws as well as a laminectomy 6 months ago.
After all the horror stories I heard, I was prepared for the worst but the pain was not that bad although once I returned home I definetly needed help. If you can plan to have different family members around for the 1st 4 weeks it will help a lot. The one thing I was not prepared for was the amount of time it takes to get back to "normal".
I consider my surgery a sucess as my pain is so much less than before, I am no longer crooked, and I had no complications. However I still have to take it easy and have not been able to return to work fulltime since the 12 hour days and 2 hours a day on the subway leaves me in pain and my back swells up. Although part time work and no subway ride and I'm fine. I am able to do most things at this point even walking several miles and short plane rides. I have had piriformus syndrome before and after surgery but PT and shots have almost completely gotten rid of that too.
I had my 6 month X-ray and I am about halfway fused but the doc was happy and the screws looked secure. So while things could be moving faster I am not in pain and am glad I did it. If any of you are heading into surgery please know that most people have great results and therefore don't post as much. I think my youngish age(30) and having top notch doctors helped too. Good luck to everybody and thanks for all the support I got back in the day!