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Post operation lifestyle expectations after L1 pedicle screw fixation

Hi, this is Nitin. Last month I had a 14-15 feet drop straight on a rock against my buttocks. I was diagnosed with wedge compression and burst fracture of L1 ,cord signal alteration and cord swelling at the level of D11 to D12. Ligament tear of anterior & posterior longitudinal ligament and ligamentum flavum at L1 was also present. I was operated with pedicle screw fixation (titanium screws bolted at T12 and L2 vertebra). First, of all, how bad is it? Its been almost a month and I am recovering well. I can stand and walk with ease, but my question is that while I am up and walking, my range of motion is highly compromised by that internal clot(as far as i can guess) at my incision place. How much longer would it take to get rid of this feeling coz I am always walking like a zombie with my chest wide open outwards.Also I have sustained some internal tissue injuries in my buttock region which makes things worse as due to it I cant sit no more than a couple of minutes,so I have to keep lying down or walk when I feel the need/urge to. Lastly, I have been a vegetarian my whole life and still am but considering what I have gone through would it be wise enough to stick to it or do otherwise. I definitely would prefer my health prospects and long term fitness over some choice of nutrition all the more as I am (or was) physically quite active.

Thanks in advance.

Nitin Yamdagni


  • You are very fortunate that you are still walking........and doing quite well from the sounds of it.......it can take a bit of time for the blood clot to dissolve, unfortunately so it may be a bit, and once the bruising heals some , that should help with the sitting once your body recovers a bit.
    Especially from a fall of that height, the bruising is most likely pretty deep into the muscles so you may be sore for quite a while yet. Have you looked into some different types of cushions maybe a gel based one or sheepskin might help to ease some of the pain of sitting.....
    And as far as your diet goes, a little protein might help but it sounds like you are fit and healthy so maybe some supplements might help.
    I am amazed at your recovery, but take it easy and go slowly, so that you stay doing great......
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