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Recovery time for second fusions

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:38 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Greetings everyone,
I'm 7 weeks post op from a l4-l5 plif. This is my second plif. I'm fused at l5-s1. My first fusion recovery was a breeze but this is not even close.
I'm still log rolling out of bed every morning and taking oxycotin norco and soma. My pain is in my back and hips. My back feels very stiff and my hips Hurt when I lay down and get up. I was just wondering if anyone has had more than one fusion and if recovery was worse than the first. I expected this would be harder but not like this. Last surgery I was off meds 2 weeks post op didn't need therapy and at work in ten weeks. Now I don't know when I'll return to work. I'm due back dec. 9th . Financially I need to go back then. My recovery has been rough cause I am a mother of two little ones not to mention I fell in the shower three weeks post op. Every day I keep telling myself it will get better but some days I don't know. I'm only 28 years old and I want to start feeling like it .my doc said my back was like a 60 year olds back and boy I feel 60. Thanks for listening and would like to hear from second timers or anyone about your recoveries.


  • I feel bad to hear how much pain you are in. Also, taking care of little one's while trying to recover makes it harder. I have only had one fusion and it sounds like your recovery mirrors mine this time. I too have back, hip and leg pn. It is too early to tell if it is surgery pain or if my surgery just didn't work. I sincerely hope you feel better and don't over do. Keep us posted on your progress.
    Have you tried a heating pad? I have on on my couch at all times and use it when I lay down often throughout the day, It really relaxes my back and just feels good!
    Take care,
  • I hope you talked to your doctor after you fell in the shower.

    I haven't had a fusion. Although, I understand pain and hope you feel better soon.
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  • Hello Jas,

    Like you my first fusion (these are neck but might help per your question?) went perfectly! I healed extremely fast, and almost felt like my old self in no time. A little over a year later I had my second fusion - C6/7 - level below the prior fusion. I was back to work after 6 weeks on the first one, and for this one it has been a nightmare! I am about to start week 12 still not working! On Tuesday I see my surgeon to see what else might be going on. Hopefully he won't have to go back in. I have been very "nice" to my neck as I did with my last surgery - followed every instruction to the tea! I hope you have answers soon too!! I hope you feel better soon. Take care.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • I've just had the one fusion (two surgeries, three levels, but one big event) so I don't know about the second time around and hope I'll never experience it. Was this a fix of the first fusion? An adjacent level? At any rate, I just wanted to say that I hope you will start to mend well and be in less pain. One surgery is enough as far as I'm concerned. I wish you the best.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • Well monday i see my dr. And I'm going to ask him what is going on as well. The pain in my hip/groin is getting worse. I can't walk without severe pain or lay down without pain. This is my second lumbar fusion because I had adjacent segment disease above my l5-s1 fusion and now I wonder if I have adjacent disease below this at my sacroiliac joints. Maybe my joints couldn't take more load after this fusion and that is why i am having so much pain in My hips and groin. Anyway this second fusion has just been a complete nightmare since day one in the hospital and I'm waiting to wake up from this nightmare and start living a life with less pain.
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