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Old 02-23-2009, 06:48 PM   #1
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Questions about upcoming fusion surgery

1. My surgeon stated that I should only need pain medication for about a month post op. Is that really possible? My grandmother had this operation 9 years ago and was on Lortab for 8 months post op! From what I read on here it seems that most of you take them for longer. I am afraid that I will still be in terrible pain but he wont give me any more. I would however love to hear that it is possible, as I hate being on the meds.

2. He says I can do stairs right away. Now, from what I've heard from others, that is a huge no-no. I liked hearing that however because my house is two stories, and our one and only bathroom is on the second floor. I would hate to have to restrict myself to the upstairs only and I do not want to live with my parents for an extended period of time either.

3. He says I can be alone with my high energy, 27 pound toddler right away. He said he understood that I would HAVE to lift her. I thought, from what others have said, that you cannot lift anything heavier than a shoe for a long time.

4. He says I could return to a light duty job after only 3-4 weeks. What?!?

He basically made the operation and recovery sound like a piece of cake compared to what I have imagined it to be. He said that my age and health will play a huge role in my recovery, and I am young and healthy, and a non smoker. I would just like some others opinions on this.

He plans to fuse L5 and S1 by removing my herniated disc, using screws and rods, and bone from my free floating chunk of bone (part that is completely fractured off) in my L5 region. He also has a very good reputation in my area, so I am not worried that he is a bad surgeon.

Sorry for so many posts today!