There ARE positive outcomes to L5 - S1 spinal fusion surgeries...
I have two friends that are one and two years post-op, respectively, both having returned to a pain free normal life following a spinal fusion.
Their success stories gave me the courage to under-go a L5 - S1 fusion procedure, myself, 13 weeks ago.
As with any major surgery, it is key to find the best surgeon for your specific procedure!
Other than the fact that a three month recovery period feels grueling and never ending, my surgery and recovery have gone quite smoothly. Pain meds have been a mute point for me, as I have never been on anything stronger than 650 mg Tylenol. Even post-op!
Just had my three month (13 week) follow up appointment with the surgeon yesterday. Everything checked out beautifully!
After receiving advice from the physical therapist yesterday, I was released to resume normal activities! I am already able to tolerate sitting for 4 - 6 hours at a time without a break. And overall my pain levels are 0 to 1, depending on my activity at the time. I take Tylenol on an 'as needed' basis.
These are heartfelt, encouraging words regarding a L5 - S1 fusion procedure. I am confident that I will be joining my friends in the category of success stories!