You will find an increddible amount of info. re. fusions on this board. Look at "post surgery tips" on the list and search under fusions. You'll learn a lot. As for me, I am 8 wks. post-op. I can almost say I am back to being a normal person.
There is very little that I can not do. The pain isn't as bad as I thought. (Due to meds. I am sure). In the hospital, it will go something like this:
Day of surgery...you'll be doped up. I don't remember much about that day.
Day 1 after...you'll be asked to get up several times during the day and "walk". It may only be to the bathroom or acroos the room. (Take you meds. 1/2 hr. prior to walking.)
Day 2...you'll be switched from meds. through a pump to orrally. Keep up your walking. Lots of short strides are better than 1 longer walk. Catheter will probably come out. Nurses may continue to come in and turn you, which hurts to do it yourself, but at least my nurses said to just lay there and they did all the work.
Day 3 you may go home if you are keeping food down. You may be constipated for awhile, so have some stool softeners at home.
Once at home, same as days 2 and 3, but you will start to increase your walking. Remember, several short walks tend to do better than one longer one. I needed help in the house for 2-3 weeks. But I only needed someone there with me all the time the first 2 wks. (I was told that I did recover a little slower because of my Fibromyalgia.) After that I had people stop by and help throughout the week. and I had meals brought to me several days a week for quite awhile. (If someone asks you what they can do to help...that's a great one. Esspecially if you have kids.)
Don't worry, the first week out of the hospital will be the worst of the pain. Make sure you have your meds. picked up before you get home and take them as scheduled, even if it means setting an alarm to wake up in the middle of the night. (Or you will wake up very painful). After the 1st week, I set my alarm to wake me 1 hr. before I was to wake up. Then I went back to sleep and let the meds take affect.
Good luck and God bless,