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I'm having back surgery on tuesday!!! :( Lumbar L4-L5, sacral decompression + fusion (PLIF)



  • I had the same surgery you are having back in Dec. I had a L4/L5 fusion with decompression. PLIF

    It was painful, but they gave me plenty of pain meds afterward. I had 5 days int he hospital mainly due to anemia and blood loss.

    I followed the list on this website and gathered the things I thought I might need. The Physicla therapist gave me most of what I needed in the hospital - a walker, shower chair ,grabber (a must!!)...

    Just remember to take it slow, have things ot do in bed, you will need it, and any help you can get in the beginning.

    If you have any questions you can PM me at anytime...

    Good luck!!
  • I want to join everyone else in wishing you the best of luck, and best of skill to your surgeon! I truly hope it goes really well for you. Let us know how you're doing when you can.
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  • johip,

    You've already received great advice. I have similar surgery Dec. 18, L4/L5 fusion with decompression, PLIF
    4 days in hospital, then home.

    I am very independent and did not want anyone to stay after the 1st week, but you really need someone with you for 2 weeks, from my perspective.

    Don't worry about gaining weight-- last of your worries. I worked out at the gym 6-7 days a week (even though I had to change my work-out based on my deteriating back condition) and I was concerned what would happen with my weight. I am almost 4 months post-op and am 10 lbs less than I was the day I checked into the hospital. There are things you can do to keep your muscle stength up. Feel free to ask any specific questions and use PM.

    Have lots of pillows available at home afterward. You will use them for support. Behind you if you are on your side with an additional smaller one between your legs; under your knees when on your back.
    Those are a few things that come to mind.

    Best wishes to you!
  • Hi I am also scheduled for surgery Tues, this site and all the comments are very helpful. My son is here from the military to help but only for two weeks, is this enough time? I am very independent but I had a back surgery in 1996 L4-5, L5 S1 and it was a eye opener
  • i too had this same surgery. my operation was done on March 25th of this year. i am now back to work full-time, i coach baseball, and i umpire baseball games.
    i told myself before the surgery that i was not going to sit still and let the back control me. as soon as the PT came and got me(day 2 post-op) and got me walking w/the walker, i never slowed down. i continue to walk as often as i could in the hospital. the nurses joked that i was going to walk home.
    i spent 5 days in the hospital due to spiked fevers. once home, i walked & iced every waking hour. i think those 2 thigs expedited my recovery.
    good luck to both of you. any ??? feel free to PM me.
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