I am 62 and having posterolateral fusion of L4-5 and L5-S1 for Grade II spondyolisthesis in two weeks. I have read the many helpful posts on what to buy beforehand to prepare. What I don't know is post surgery will I need to be flat most of the time? I have a Sleep Number bed which is great but cant be elevated, and I have a spare bedroom with a Tempurpedic adjustable bed where I can elevate my legs and/or head but is harder to roll over or get up. I also have my den with a recliner that I used for the first two months following my cervical fusion. I want to prepare my room before the surgery and don't know which one to prepare.
Does anyone know which is better, lying flat or elevated? Also how long before I will I be able to sit up? I'm currently power wheelchair bound due to back problems and other lower extremity back problems. I have no lumbar pain in the chair now but pain is severe when I stand/walk. I have Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome-Hypermobility. So while I plan to try to walk, it can't be my primary mode to get around.
Also how long was everyone hospitalized and has anyone gone into inpatient rehab following the surgery? I went into rehab following my hip replacement 13 years ago and found it helpful. I live with my significant other but he has physical limitations also.
I haven't had my preop with surgeon yet who can answer many of my medical questions but I know first hand experience is always the best.
Thanks to all.