Had laminectomy l3-l4, discectomy l3-s1 (xlif ), lumbar fusion with rods, pedicle screws T10-S1 & pelvic anchors. Had surgery on 6/22/2014. I was just starting to feel almost back to normal starting in May, went for year postop scoliosis xray series on 6/03/2015 and did not expect to hear that one rod was broken in half. I will be having surgery again on 8/09/2015 for xlif of l1-l3 with cages and BMP , bone substitute and rod replacement. Will my recovery be almost like going through the postop phase again like last year? I turned 58 on 7/01/2015, my recovery was very brutal. Very bad muscle spasms at 3 weeks postop, took my breath away with any movement. The muscle relaxers ( flexeril, robaxin) did not do a thing nor vicodin. Dr. did not give me anything else. It was worse than awful. At 5 months I did not have to wear the TLSO brace anymore, started PT, helped some. Massage therapy helped the best to relax my muscles by 9 mo. I still have issues of feeling arched forward and discomfort from stress at bra line that is where the spine isn't fused. Please pray for me and hoping for the best on my next surgery.
Thanks to all, galaxie