Re: Newbie:Quick replies apprec. L1-L-2 fusion on 2-26-07
You don't have much time before your surgery, but you might want to take a look at the thread at the top of the page, "post surgery tips." You'll find a lot of helpful tips to make your recovery a bit easier.
Best piece of equipment to make sure you have: a grabber tool! You can get one at medical equipment stores or many pharmacies. It will make it much easier to get anything you drop or that's just a bit farther than you can reach. You won't be able to bend or stretch at all for a while (months, not weeks). Mine was worth the $30 I paid for it the first day I was home from the hospital.
Your recovery from L1-L2 will be very similar to recovery from L5-S1. You'll probably have less "sitting pain", since your S1 isn't involved, but time will tell on that one.
Do you have someone to help you when you get home from the hospital? Some doctors don't give a real clear picture of what recovery is going to be like, but read the various threads, as you've been doing, and you'll get a good idea of what to expect. Most of us have had a 5 pound lifting restriction for up to 6 months, so you'll need to take that into account. For comparison's sake, a gallon jug of milk weighs 8 pounds. You might want to get new batteries for your remotes and line up someone to pick up movies for you. You're going to be just resting and walking for a while.
I do wish you the best. Come back and let us know how you're doing, or if you have questions that someone on here can try to answer for you.