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6 mos after 2Level Fusion

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:24 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
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!


  • It is so nice to hear success stories! Thank you.
  • Thanks for coming back to update. It is very encouraging to hear success stories. I am sure it will only get better and better! =D> =D> >:D< Cali-Sue
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  • That's really good. I am 7 months post surgery for a 3 level fusion and I feel it was successful also. I am not back at work yet but hope to be in January. I can sleep in my bed, sit in a chair for a limited amount of time, and walk about 4 miles. The pain is mostly gone. I am glad to hear from someone who is also doing well.
  • My best friend will be having surgery tomorrow so I will have to call her in a day or two and read her your post. She needs the encouragement. Thanks for sharing.
  • Thanks for coming back and sharing with us, it is great to get the good mixed in with everything else.
    You sounds as if you are doing well and have your head screwed on!

    Blessings Sara O:)
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