Fusion Oct. 24

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Date Joined Mar 2007
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   Posted 10/5/2007 9:44 AM (GMT -6)   
My fusion surgery finally got approved and scheduled. Does anyone have advise. This will be my first major surgery. This will also be the first time I have ever stayed a nite in the hospital. I would like to hear from the people who 3 months after surgery said to themselves, " I wished I would have done _________________  before/during/after surgery.

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Date Joined Oct 2007
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   Posted 10/5/2007 9:52 AM (GMT -6)   
No major surgery for me yet, but you're in my thoughts. You'll get through this. ;-)
"In Babalon's eyes, you can find me there...."

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   Posted 10/7/2007 9:38 PM (GMT -6)   


I had a 2 level fusion 12 months ago.  I certainly agree with Gramps as far as the exercises are concerned - it's usually the last thing you feel like doing, but they do help.  I would advise hamstring exercises too.

Also, I would buy a long handled grabber to help pick things up off the floor - everything always seems to fall on the floor when you can't bend down!  It's best to have someone stay with you for the first week you're out of hospital if possible - if you live alone. 

Good luck to you - you will soon be on the road to recovery!


L4-S1 Fusion, Oct. 2006
L4-S1: DDD & Herniated
Back pain since 1998

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Date Joined Aug 2007
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   Posted 10/7/2007 11:11 PM (GMT -6)   
I agree with badback, the long handled grabber is a must! I need to get one too, havent had the surgery but still cant bend worth a darn, lol.

Diagnosed with DDD, Tarsal Tunnel, 3 Herniated discs, Arthritis in hands. Asthma, Hypertension, Diabetes.
Currently on 75 mcg Duragesic Patch, Neurontin 4800 mg daily, Relafen 1500mg daily, Lexapro, and have SCS unit for leg pain.
             PAIN SUCKS :(

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   Posted 10/8/2007 12:13 PM (GMT -6)   

Hello BTB,

Sorry, I am lazy so I shortened your name.lol. I am quite certain you will do fine after surgery, as you aapear to be very level headed and have your head on straight about the surgery. This is very important for your recovery. A poor outlook about any kind of surgery can hinder the healing process in many ways.

You have been given some good advice for sure, by all means get you a grabber because bending is something you are not going to be allowed to do for some time. Be sure to have a stool softener handy incase you tend to plug up on narcotics and a get a bottle of MOM as well. Be sure to have pain medication before your surgery so when you come home there is no scrambling trying to get medication filled. Have plenty of easy to fix snack foods, maybe a six pack of Boost or something like that to help give you some good nutrition and vitamins.

A friend of mine is an orthopedic surgeon, when a person had a fusion w/bone graft, he and the neurosurgeon worked as a team together on the surgery. He advised all of his patients that the 1st six weeks post-op were the most critial. He did not allow his patients to lift, bend, stoop. They were not allowed to sit except to go to the restroom. This was done to keep pressure off of the fusion. Standing and layng was all he allowed the 1st 6 weeeks. No riding in a car, again to keep pressure off the fusion and not have to worry about being in a car accident right after surgery. Only time they could ride was to a dr appt.

If you are using a bone bank expect to have some pain at the graft site. In fact most people complain of this more than the surgery pain.

Walk, walk, walk and walk some more. This will give you more strength than you can imagine. Start out slow and steadily build yourself up. Always have someone walk with you if possible and carry a cell phone.

Try to get someone come stay with you at least your first week at home. It would be even better if you could get someone there for 2 weeks.

Please keep us posted. Susie

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