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360 fusion went well home next day!

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Thanks for all the positive thoughts and prayers. I was home the next day by 10 am. It was so much nicer to be in my own bed. The doctor spent just over 2 hours!!!! doing the 360 fusion. I went in at 7:30am and was in post-op by 9:40am. My husband told me they call the family several times during the surgery with a private phone they give to the family so they can go to the cafeteria or for a walk and still keep on contact with whats going on. What a great idea. Then they can tell the family to come back to the waiting area to talk to the surgeon when the operation is done. The staff was great, very caring and helpful I would go back there again if I had to. I walked 2 hours after surgery with help from my husband and the nurse. After that I could get up with the log roll and walk with my husband until later that night I could walk by myself. I was amazed I could do so good so soon. I will let everyone know how it goes later this week but I wanted to say hello and thanks to everyone. Best wishes to all and a aspeedy recovery.
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  • I'm happy for you that everything went well. Thanks for keeping us posted. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • YIIPPPPEEEEEEE that is so AWESOME!!!!!!! =D> =D> =D>
    Just take it easy hun and take your meds on time to the "T"
    and REST!!!! I) I) I) I)
    I am so very happy for you that things went so well. We have a hospital here like that , I will be going to for my bypass surgery. With the phones etc so family can do what they please and they page you. I think that is the most wonderful invention. :B :B
    You continue to take care of yourself. We are here for you if you need anything or have one of your "bad" days that comes along with this surgery!!! ;)

    Lots of huggies to you
    Terri >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D<
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  • Hope you continue to recover well. God Bless!!
  • Hi Pika,

    You are AMAZING!!! So happy that your surgery went so well. But still, you have to remember that your body experienced major trauma, so treat it accordingly. You can walk, just don't overdo your activities.

    Wishing you a successful and complete recovery,

    Kin
  • #:S I was thinking about you all week, afraid to call. :SS I will leave it up to you for when you are feeling better to call me first. Needless to say, since I am having the same surgeon and same facility - I am greatly reassured!! Please take it easy and do everything he says so you can heal quickly! You are in my prayers!!!
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  • I am really impressed that you were able to go home so soon! Please keep us posted on your progress.

  • Just curious - what did your surgeon tell you about expected recovery time, restrictions, etc? I am wondering if the shorter surgery time lessens the expected recovery time?
  • Glad to hear you're doing well :)

    There was no way in HELL I was moving ANYWHERE 2 hours after surgery. Lol. I had to be practically pulled out of bed the morning after my surgery, on Morphine PCA pump til I got Dilaudid and finally agreed to move. LOL.

    It must depend a lot on what they do. I'm guessing it was minimally invasive. My surgery was 6 hours long, 4 day hospital stay. Also with meg, wondering what the restrictions are, recovery time, etc...

    Make sure you get lots of rest, even if you do feel alright, your body still needs it! Take advantage of your time to be spoiled and waited on :) Wish you the best with your recovery!
  • Not to jump in here and answer for Pika, but when I saw this same doctor, he said because of the way the spine was stabilized so well to begin with, that the healing process is faster. I am not sure about the recovery time for a shorter time for surgery, but I would imagine that it would help having a shorter surgery time - less stress on your body in general, less anesthesia - which he told me leads to ilius (constipation or obstruction of bowels).
  • I can't imagine how the stability of the spine would affect the healing of the muscles, tissues, tendons, intestines, etc... I don't know? BUT... the shorter surgery time and less anesthesia has definitely got to make a difference when it comes to the digestive system/bowel functions... Maybe that's why she had such a short stay. I know I had horrible digestive issues, right up until the 4th day a couple hours before I left. I know they like to keep the amount of anesthesia as low as possible.

    I'm curious as to the approach used. Were the front and the back both approached in a minimally invasive way, Pika?
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