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L5S1 fusion and lamenectomy in the a.m.

kellanardokkellanardo Posts: 1
edited 07/19/2015 - 9:05 PM in Recovering from Surgery
I am 44 years old and I feel Iike a terrified child. I have the surgery in the morning and I have no idea what to expect. I know I can't lift anything or bend at the waist for a while and I'm going to have to be careful. Could someone please give me an idea of the pain to expect and if there's anything I can do to help the healing process? I can only take 4 weeks off from work..I can't afford any longer. I only have someone here to help with me and my pets for maybe 2 weeks.

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  • I had the same operation in January, the experience is different for everybody. You will read some horror stories on this forum and you will ready some positive experiences. The best advice I can give you is to give your body time and REST! Depending on your symptoms some conditions may improve immediately and some may take some time. I'm 6 months post op and still in PT for leg/foot weakness. Good luck and keep us posted!
  • As the previous person posted every one is different. I was OK by the second week to look after myself in regard to fixing snacks and feeding animals. Could have done it a few days earlier. For me the biggest problem was that I was sleeping all the time but it also meant I didn't need looking after! I was only in pain really just after surgery I think maybe I was lucky. I would not have liked to have had to go to work at 4 weeks post op. But I am a lot older than you and my fitness levels have suffered with the time I was waiting for my fusion. I hope your fusion is successful and good luck in the future.
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