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Fusion Surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
:H So I just got back from my doctors appointment and they siad all other options have been done. I'm 28 years old and going to get fusion surgery w/ in a month. [( Can anyone please tell them about how the surgery went for them? Thank you :S


  • .. that you will be having in the search box here. Cervical? Lumbar? etc. I came up with many pages worth of posts.

    ALso look up Jho's Procedure. That is what they did for me on my cervical operation. Definetly not everyone is a candidate, but I thought I was too young to have fusion if I could avoid it for a few more years. Sooner or later I'll probablay need it-by then maybe medicare will pay for it, lol!

    So sorry such a young person like you is having such an operation, good luck!
  • It is the L5 and L4. the doctors will they could wait but they can't. I also have not had any kids yet so at least I know once i have this I will be able to bare childern. Well I am a canididate for fusion so I will keep you posted. Thank you :)
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  • I had a fusion also. It was extremely painful and I hated the idea of having it done for the first couple of months but now I can say that I am so happy that I have had it done. I wish the doctors would have found the problem when I was 28. I always had back problems and each doctor that I went to either gave me pain pills or shots and sent me on my way. Finally I got a new doctor that figured that she would find out why my back hurt. That is when they found that I had Spondy. I was sooo scared. I can honestly say that 2008 was one of the worst years for me but I am sooo looking forward to 2009.
    If you really want kids then definitely have the surgery. Once I am fully fused, I will be able to lift my daughter and my grandson without having to worry about hurting my back. I will be able to take them to the park without having to leave early because of pain. There are so many things that I am going to be able to do once I am fused that I have not been able to do before.
    I had my surgery in April and I already feel better than I did before the surgery. I can walk for longer, stand longer, I have more energy, ect.
    Read the posts that are on here to get ready because the surgery isn't fun at all but it will be well worth it.
  • I'm so glad to hear that you are doing better. That makes me so happy. It also make me happy to know that you are already feeling better. I'm getting married in July and I was so scared that I would not be able to stay or stand at my own wedding. You have set my mind to rest w/ just the thought of when I have a baby that I will be able to pick them up and keep up with them. After reading what you wrote I don't think I could ever thank you enough. You have now become my best x-mas gift . O:) >:D<
  • Hi,
    Just wanted to post my two pennies. I am now 16 days post op from a PLIF (multi level fusion from L4 to S1). I had been living with back pain for years, my back would "hitch" up on me and I couldn't walk or stand for more than thirty minutes to an hour. I also had drop foot (i had no feeling in my left leg from knee to big toe and couldnt lift my foot upwards so it dragged). I had drop foot for a little over a year before I found a great doctor who took me seriously. We didnt go the conventional route of trying all possibilities before we discussed fusion. We went straight to the fusion option passing all other techniques like pain management, steroids etc. My surgery was outpatient and I was home three hours after my surgery. The first week so far was the worst, by about a week and a half I am down to one pain pill a day and two muscle relaxers. I have almost full feeling in my left leg and no longer suffer from drop foot or back spasms. I know I have a lot of recovery to do yet but I never thought I would ever be able to say, yes spinal fusion was worth it. It has been for me and I hope the same for you. Not a pleasure cruise but already at just over two weeks I see the benefit and look forward to more forward progress. I was terrified before the surgery, but when the day came I was prepared mentally and that made a huge difference. My positive attitude came from nowhere and I went into surgery with minimal anxiety. I wish you the best of luck and I hope this gives you hope as I am just 16 days post op and doing well, better than I would have ever dreamed. Good luck you will be in my prayers. Happy Holidays :)
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  • My doctor told me that it would be a few days in the hospital. Did they go threw your back or threw your stomach? They have to replace the L4 and L5 and put pins in my back, so he has to go threw my stomach. Thank you so much. Please keep in touch. I'm so happy you are doing well.
  • Spinal Fusion surgery can be a scary prospect, but a good doctor will only recommend it as a last course of treatment.

    I am 4 months post-surgery and won't lie to you, it is painful and uncomfortable. However, I found it to be much less painful than I thought it would be. The pain meds do a pretty good job.

    The worst part for me was being patient and not being able to do anything except sleep, lay on the couch and walk. The best thing to do is go into the procedure with a positive attitude.

    The best advice I got from one of the surgeon's nurses was to NOT try to measure my recovery on a day-to-day basis. You just won't see much change day-to-day and it will drive you crazy. Instead, start out by comparing week-to-week, then month-to-month. In those time frames you will notice differences. It's nothing more than a psychological thing.

    Good luck with your surgery.
  • So are you back to work yet? The doctor is hopeful that I will be back to work in 4-6 weeks.
  • Not sure if you were addressing me about the direction of the surgery if it was through the stomach or through the back. Mine personally was through my back and they also did stabalize my back with screws and rods. I think the approach each doctor takes whether it be from the stomach or from the back depends on how they were trained and also based on the individual they are operating on. The best advice I can give you is that patience will be KEY in your recovery. Dont over anticipate or under estimate what you are able to do. Be proactive in your recovery with what the doctor has suggested you do which should be rest coupled with walking and moving around when possible. I was told that if I was lying down and watching tv I should get up every other commercial and just walk the room during that time, just to keep my body moving. Your body will tell you when it is ready to go back to work and how much it is able to do. Listen to the doctor, and physical therapists if you see one, but most importantly listen to what your body is telling you and express that to the docs. You will be fine, stay positive.
  • I was unemployed before my surgery and still am. The economy is bad enough for the entire country (and world), but we've been suffering in Michigan for several years now.

    Even though my work would have me sitting at a desk, there is no way I could have done it at 4-6 weeks - sitting was just too uncomfortable. Even now, 4 months post-op, I'm guessing I could do 5-6 hours ... 8 hours may be a stretch, though I think it would be possible in another month or so.

    I would guess I would have been able to get back to work part time somewhere between 8-12 weeks.

    Remember, everyone is different. For you, 4-6 weeks may be possible, but go with your gut feeling - if you're not ready, don't push it. It's not worth the pain and aggravation.
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