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Lumbar Decompression and Spinal Fusion with Instrumentation on the L4-L5 and L5-S1.

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,082
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I am having this done on the 28th and I am SCARED to dealth:):)LOL

I just needed to find some positive and rein-forcements;)


  • Go into this surgery with the most positive thoughts and attitude. I did, and my surgery went beautifully. I had almost the same thing as you are having, except I had one more level of fusion (L3-S1). My surgery went very smoothly and none of my pre-surgical fears became true. As they say, expect the best but prepare for the worst.

    Of course all of us had different experiences, but there is no reason why you let your nerves rule your sanity. Once you have made all the preparations, it is out of your hands and in the hands of your capable surgeon. So at that point just try to relax and don't work against your body by tensing it up. Read good books, listen to music and only talk to people who are positive and who could uplift your spirit.

    And remember, every year thousands of people go through the same thing and they ar here to tell about it.

    Good luck! I'll be thinking of you on the 28th.


    Kin :) :) :) :)

  • see you on the other side
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  • Cheer up my dear, I had the same thing done 7 weeks ago and it was successful. You are going to be just fine. I did it without hesitation.

    L4,L5 Laminectomy Disectomy in 2006, TLIF L4,L5,SL in May 2008.

    Good Luck!!!!!
  • im 2 weeks post op tomorrow and i was like you.i couldnt sleep for a few weeks before the morning of the surgery i was very surprised with my thinking as i kept saying to myself that im going to be fine and im going to be a new woman in a few mths i have had a really good day today ive not had any pain releif saying that i would be better without them as they dont do anything anyway i wish u all the best for the 28th x
  • I just want to say that I do feel better.....You all are the best cyber friends that a person could have ;)
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  • You are not allowed to freak out with me until next Sunday.

    Hang in there and try to pace your self with the stress.

  • good luck i will be thinking of u on the 28th xx
  • Polly, I had same levels as you 6 weeks ago, and like you was scared to death going in, wrote letters to my kids and all. I think it is perfectly normal to feel anxiety when going into a surgery. When I woke up in the recovery room and since I have not had any of my previous pain. The surgery pain was well controlled by the morphine pump that they put in. I know it is different for everyone, but I am very glad to be on the other side and am now doing PT in the pool since 4 weeks and have been off pain meds since 3 weeks post op for the first time in 4 1/2 years. I will say a prayer for you on the 28th and wish you the best possible outcome.
  • Jinty, I live in Fountain Colorado...just south of Colorado Springs;)

    Julie..I know..I just cant help it,LOL:) How are you doin??? Are you excited like I am??
  • Hi Polly, I am 11 weeks post L3-S1 with a lot of extras.
    One thing I did a lot of pre surgery was talk to my back/spine and let it know what was going to happen. SO I was preparing myself both mentally and physically. (watched the vidieo on this site to understand better the procedure)

    I would visualise the surgey being a complete success, having my spine straigh again and all good.

    Now I am post op, I visualise the fusion taking place and I often "sand" the healing so I dont develop scar tissue.

    I know to a lot of people that this may sound very strange but it really did work for me and it gave me somehting positive to do to assist with my healing.

    Blessings Sara
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