Re: Pars defect & partial spina bifida-spinal fusion possibly needed-VERY scared!
So sorry to hear you had painful results from such a fun evening. Not fair. You've come to the right place for answers to your questions.
I had a anterior/posterior fusion with cadaever disc instead of cages at L4/5 and L5/S1 with 6 screws and 2 rods almost 4 weeks ago. They do get you up and out of bed the day after surgery and everyday thereafter. It is very painful at first, but each day gets better, and of course they give you pain medication. I was walking quite a bit when I came home from the hospital 6 days after surgery. I continued to walk alot when I got home.
Recovery is different for everyone, there are so many factors involved, age, how bad off you were to start, etc. Alot of people have success with fusion. I also had one 22 years ago when I was about your age from T5 to T12. My recovery was pretty fast. Back in those days they put your in a partial body cast from the hips up. By 2 months post op, I was going out dancing once a week, and at 5 months, came in second in a three legged race at a company picnic.
I'm alot older now, and taking alot slower. No cast, not even a brace for me this time. I consider my fusion a success so far. There is a thread called "We need success stories" you should read, there's alot of info there.
Balancing surgery recovery and classes might be a bit much, but there is someone who's here right now who's going to do that. Her name is Hayden1107, you might want to read her posts. She seemed to get alot of help from the school. Or you can always take a semester off.
Whatever you choose to do, you should be completely comfortable with your decision and go into it with a positive outlook. Good luck to you and keep us posted with your situation.
APLIF T4-S1 on july 19, 2004
Harrington rod T5 - T12 1982
Last edited by Jenna'sMom; 08-15-2004 at 12:45 AM.