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Pending Anterior/Posterior Spinal Interbody Fusion

Woody6265WWoody6265 Posts: 1
edited 12/12/2015 - 4:16 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
i am scheduled for the above mentioned surgeries. i must admit that i am terrified at the thought of it.
i am concerned by my preparation to withstand the surgeries.
i've. lost about 20# and i've been working out but alas i am having trouble quitting smoking. i know, spare me pf the scolding, please,
has anybody undergone these surgeries? i qould like your thoughts and advise.
also i would like to know what preparations you might recommend for the home.
how did you manage your restrictions?
what was the success of undergoing these procedures?
also, ladies, how do you manage shaving your legs or painting your toenails?

welcome to spine-health

one of the most important things that members can do is to provide the rest of the community with as much information about themselves as possible. it is so very difficult for anyone to respond when we do not have enough information to go on. this is not meant to indicate that you are doing anything wrong or violated any rule, we are just trying to be pro-active and get the information upfront so that people can start responding and your thread is more effective.

so many times we read about members who have different tests and they all come back negative. the more clues and information you provide, the better chances in finding out what is wrong, the fact that your test results are negative does not mean that you are fine and without any concerns. many times it takes several diagnostic tests and procedures to isolate a specific condition.

here are some questions that you should answer:
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--- ron dilauro, spine-health system moderator : 12/12/15 10:16est



  • I am scheduled for an anterior/posterior lumbar spinal fusion with osteotomy to correct the lordosis of my spine. I have been doing a lot of reading on similar procedures and it really makes me nervous. I just received the packet from the hospital today that gives me some of the information about getting ready for surgery. My surgery is in February so I have a little bit of time to prepare.
  • I am 4 weeks out from the same surgery. no bending or twisting for 3 months. I probably won't get me legs shaved in that time also. I'm more concerned about getting my toenails trimmed. Educating myself on the surgery and recovery has been very helpful. However, recovery is different for each person. Recovery from surgery itself has been on par. Gets better each day. My biggest issue is the nerve pain. After the anterior surgery the nerve that was being compressed was worse. My surgeon spent 4 hours decompressing the nerve during the posterior surgery. So now the nerves are busy regenerating which is a slow process. I've read that you can't judge the success of the surgery for about 3/4 months. I believe that I will claim success. Before you leave the hospital, PT will work with you. Very helpful. Be patient with recovery. I knew it would take time but even with the knowledge I had going in, I didn't expect as much pain as I had and how restricted I am. But that is me and what I am dealing with.
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