Re: Your Spine Surgery...success or failure?
So far, I consider mine a sucess, atleast where my pain levels are concerned.
I had a two level Lumbar INterbody Fusion (L4-S1), front and back approach December 15, 2004. I am feeling pretty darn good, and will be happier when I don't have to wear my brace and bone stimulator anymore. I am planning on returning to work (well, new work, though same company, different state) around April one. I am 27. I had DDD in those two discs and after my discogram, fusion was discussed. I have to say though, I was pushing for the surgery. I was lucky I turned out to be a good candidate.
I have no idea if I am fusing-I get a new xray the second week of April and will send it to my dr-he will then decide the next step.
No one has mentioned Physical Therapy, but actually, i don't know if I really really need it! I know all the exercises to do, and I work out on my own doing low impact aerobics and walking. I am also not taking my lifting job again, instead going to a more stationary one.
I just saw that your surgery has been scheduled, and wanted to say best wishes to you for a safe surgery and speedy recovery. I don't know all the details yet, but I'll read up on them. Best wishes again!