Hello to all, I just discovered this forum. I am scheduled to have anterior/posterior fusion to my lower and mid back. The MD told me that I would be in the hospital approx. 3 days. I had posterior surgery about 4 years ago with no healing of the fusion. It seems obvious that the 1st surgery was a failure and with the increasing pain I had to do something.. This is a different MD doing the second surgery and I feel very confident in him. My question is following surgery (per MD about 6 hours), how soon will I be out of bed. The same day as surgery? Will I be walking the same day of surgery.at least to the bathroom?? Are IV fluids, back braces,, Foley catheters routine?
I have read quite a bit and I can tel you I do appreciate the input of all of those sharing their experiences.