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Had my surgery 5/31/2016. Now three weeks and I have to say the recovery has gone well so far. I should say that the major issues are now gone. I walk with no nerve pain going down the leg, numbing my foot. The other big thing that made life miserable was the fatigue from the spinal cord rubbing on bone. That's gone !. So I would say so far I made a good choice and had a very good surgeon.The only problem after surgery was having to stay in the hospital five extra days because my intestines would not work(too much medication). Finally, however that situation is now resolved.
My body has always been a fast healer so most of the pain is gone. Sitting still limits me to short periods before pain sets in. My only question about the future of my fusion is how well the instrumentation will hold up under normal circumstances? I'm overweight for my height I know that does put extra stress on the screws. The advice everyone will give me is losing weight. Yes I have been losing weight before and after the operation.
I get around without a walker, actually, I stopped needing the walker the second week. All in all, good , has been my experience. I hope I can report that in six months as well.