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Post spinal fusion decompression surgery

I am new to this but would really like to hear fro others who have had this surgery.
it is 3 weeks for me and wondering how others are doing.?


  • hi and welcome to the forum! we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. i am sorry i am not famaliar with your procedure but i wish you a rapid and successful recovery! please be sure and follow all the doctors orders!! be sure and check out the "After Surgery' forum for more support!! good luck to you!! stop by anytime! Jenny
  • Midwest Gal, please provide us with more information. What area was your spinal fusion? When? How are you doing? There are many of us here whom have had spinal fusion surgeries, and if you take a look around you can find people with almost any situation you are asking about. This is a great community for support and understanding, so take a look around, tell us more, and enjoy being a part of spine-health. I look forward to reading your posts.
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
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  • I am getting around with walker,hard to get comfortable in bed. Had two weeks in rehab with exercises.trying to
    Do some at home but walking is hard with our cold weather and small house to walk inside.
    take oxycodone 5 mg. But not a lot of pain,just one leg and some numbness in that foot. Would like to step down on that med as stomach gets affected and hemorrhoids have been really bad since surgery,bleed and I do keep ointment on.
    Exercise is important but I really have hard time with that.:-). thanks for any replies...
  • welcome to spine health .first you are in the very early stages of recovery {what fusion did you have .was it ALIF/PLIF? ALIF is through you abdomen and PLIF is through your back .i had ALIF last dec and i am still recovering my recovery will be around 3 years {normally its between 12/24 months } take you time you have had a massive operation .as for your medication you are harley on anything ..5mg of oxycontin is nothing [i wish i was on so little !} i have to take 3 times 80mg oxycontin and 6 times 20mg oxynorm a day !!.if you can swim that may help you ..for the first 6 weeks after my ALIF i was unable to move of my recliner .i am struggling with recovery so my views may be a bit on the negative side ..but i wish you the best and just take you time its a marathon not a sprint
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
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