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Had a Anterior/Posterior L4/L5 Fusion two days ago

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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in New Member Introductions
I had an Anterior/Posterior L4/L5 Fusion two days ago in Neenah, WI. I checked into the hospital at 10:45 on Wednesday and checked out at the same time on Thursday. So far I am doing very well. I work from home and am able to already be taking care of light work responsibilites. The pain that I had in my right leg is completely gone. I am stiff in my lower back which I had expected...especially so soon after surgery. I can take 2 oxycontine pain pills every 4 hours but am only taking 1 because I don't have much pain. I slept in my bed last night for about 4 hours and then had to move to a recliner. Once I moved and took a pain pill, I slept fine for the rest of the night. Will keep you posted as to my progress.

Appleton, WI


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  • :) hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support andd answer what questions we can. it is so good to read about a successful recovery. <:P please follow your doctor's orders and don't overdo! good luck and keep us posted as you progress. Jenny :)
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  • Just wanted to let those interested know how well I'm doing. I had a Anterior/Posterior L4/L5 Fusion on November 19, 2008. I am self employed and was worried how long I would be unable to work. I'm happy to report that I came home from the hospital at about noon and worked for two hours at my desk in our home office the day after my surgery. I only took pain pills to help sleep and had almost no pain at all. Yesterday I had the Steri-strips removed and my incisions look great. My biggest problem is not overdoing it because I feel so good. My friends and customers can't believe I'm doing so well. I walk on a treadmill at a pretty good clip twice a day and ride our exercise bike. My doc cleared me yesterday to start using our elliptical again which I plan on starting tomorrow. Just want to get the good word out to those who are reluctant to have the surgery.
  • That's great news. I'm glad yoou're healing well. I agree with everyone else don't overdo. Take care. 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
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