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Having a laminetomy and fusin surgery in 4 weeks need any tips

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,082
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi I am having a laminectomy and fusion surgery in 4 weeks. I have 4 herniated discs, sponylothesis, spondysis, and narrowing of my spine. I am only 38 and feel way to young to feel this dang old. Any tips for recovery would be appreciated. Kelli
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  • :H Welcome to the forum! I had same surgery with level one Spondy. My L4 L5 was fused and BMP used after disk was removed. I am 62 with severe Spinal Stenosis and severe DDD. I am recovering really good, I have a few aches and pains but that is only normal. :) I refused to allow the doctor to take bone from my hip. I was in the hospital for a week and used a walker and back brace going home. My sister who lived just across the street stayed with me for the first two weeks I needed her more for "just in case" because I was ok with doing for myself. I had a shower stool in the tub and my ba. rm. sink was beside the toilet so that helped me to get up and down on it. I also had a grabber incase I dropped something. I cleaned my entire apt. from head to toe before I went to the hospital and put things I needed everyday at a lower level. I am not allowed to this day to lift anything more then ten pounds, I'm not allowed to run,jump,jog, or do high impact aerobics. :''( That part I really miss! I ate lots of grapes because that's what helped me to get regular again and drank mucho water to flush it out with. I was in a ward while in the hospital and it was so noisy there! I'm one of those people who can hear a pin drop! I was so afraid for nothing because the surgery was not as bad as I thought it would be!

    This forum helped me out so much, I will always be very grateful to the people here for all their help!!

    Laters
    Evelyn :H
    Had PLIF in 2008 and a Laminectomy. One level fusion, L4-L5.
  • goodluck on your surgery!! i hope all goes well for you...take care....m
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  • I had a 4 level lumbar fusion in 2002 with rods and screws. Definetly need the slippery sheets and raised toilet seat. I was up and doing laundry (with the help of the grabit because bending was tough) 3 weeks after surgery. I was 43 at the time. Long road to recovery but the thing I did without fail was walk, walk, walk and then walk some more. Not fast, just at a pace that is natural. When I couldn't walk outside I walked on treadmill. I was walking 5-10 miles per day about a month after surgery.

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