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Surgery scheduled

Jennifer P.JJennifer P. Posts: 13
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:41 AM in Lower Back Pain
Just wanted to update everybody....

Saw my doctor today, and I'll be going in for the spinal fusion surgery on March 24th. He told me it's going to be a 6-7 hour long surgery and they'll be going in through both the front and the back. I was also told that I will be out of work for 3-6 months.

I'm freaking out a little bit, not too much though. I freaking out more because I have another month to go through this before the surgery.

Just curious....I was told there will be no physical therapy or rehab after the surgery. I was kind of surprised about that. Is that normal? Did anybody else not have to have physical therapy?


  • Jennifer is that a 2 lvl fusion or 3? I was just curioius and how are they doing it, Sounds like a 360? Hope everything works out for you. :)

    I just had a 1 lvl and PT comes for me like a month or 6 weeks afterwards, I'm at the 2 week mark and I see him in 2 weeks, I will know then. I'm sure you will have PT but it will be way down the road. ;)
  • I've not had a fusion. But I have discusssed it with several doctors (revision microdiscectomy vs. fusion). Most said PT but not until after a few weeks. But that was a level 1 (or 1-level) fusion.

    You may want to post under the Neck/Back surgeries forum section as you may get a few more responses.

    The other thread to keep an eye out for under that same sub-forum is "March Surgeries".

    I let folks know I was a february surgery and really got a ton of support from other february surgery patients.

    Good luck!
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  • Physical therapy is usually done after fusion...but it is up to the surgeon. You will work with a therapist in the hospital who will get you on your feet and give you the basics. When my MIL have a one level lumbar fusion, her surgeon told her he no longer orders it routinely because he had seen too many cases where it did more harm than good.

    When I had a similar surgery, my surgeon left it entirely up to me. I decided to do it but I didn't start till I was about 16 weeks out. It is really important to find a PT who is experienced with orthopedic spinal cases...otherwise it can be a waste of time and money.
  • I just had the same surgery 4weeks ago. My doctor has not mention physical therapy. He did the surgery a week apart from each other. They did the back first and then a week later the front. Good Luck.
  • I just had the same surgery 4weeks ago. My doctor has not mention physical therapy. He did the surgery a week apart from each other. They did the back first and then a week later the front. Good Luck.
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  • My surgeon also not so encourage me to go for PT. He gave me when i ask. I also can't under what is the reason.

    But, as i know, PT is more important to us when we are process to heal. :/



    Percudyn on 1209. Will go for TLIF/microsectomy/dicsoplasty
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