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Old 10-22-2008, 09:26 AM   #1
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Surgery Tips / Post OP for L5 S1 Posterior Decompression?

Hi.
I've just been informed that surgery is required after Dr.'s have viewed CT scan's, x-ray's etc.
The procedure is called L5-S1 Posterior Decompression Instrumented Fusion +/- Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion.

Having read through some of the threads already, I'm looking for people that might have had this done and I am looking for some ideas as to what to expect. Given I only have 19 days notice before this is done, I thought I better start researching now.

Any and all comments would be greatly appreciatted

 
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Old 10-22-2008, 09:32 PM   #2
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Re: Surgery Tips / Post OP for L5 S1 Posterior Decompression?

Welcome to the board Dave. At the top of this board there is a couple of threads pinned. One is post op tips -

[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=19953[/url]

and there is another one called Less stress on your back around the house

[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=468037[/url]

that you may find helpful.

My biggest advice is to follow your doctors advice and do not lift, bend or twist after surgery because it will disrupt the fusion process.

You are undergoing major, major surgery and recovery time can vary for each individual based upon their current body condition, core strength, and complexity of their case. No two people will heal alike and some individuals heal faster than others. The key is to not compare your recovery to anyone elses and to listen to your body. If your body is in pain, slow down, cut back, and slowly build up.

Some individuals go back to work at 12 weeks, a few sooner, and then there are others that take up to 6 months to a year to recover. Unfortuately, not all the doctors are honest that this is a complex surgery that takes time to recover from. I guess if you think about it some people would never consider the surgery if they were told recovery can take up to 6 months to a year.

Good luck and I pray that things go well for you. Please feel free to post often and if you have any questions we will try to answer them.

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Old 10-23-2008, 05:25 AM   #3
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Re: Surgery Tips / Post OP for L5 S1 Posterior Decompression?

Thanks for the links. I will check them out as I am very interested in knowing what I am getting myself into.

 
Old 11-07-2008, 04:59 PM   #4
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Re: Surgery Tips / Post OP for L5 S1 Posterior Decompression?

Dave,

I had a fusion in September 2008 and just posted a new thread called More Post Surgery tips. It does have some humor in it. hope it helps. It is an invasive surgery and you should go into it with realistic expectations. I am 9 weeks post op and getting around well, doing PT and driving a little bit. Only taking meds at night. Feel free to send me your *REMOVED* if you have other questions and I will reply.

Best of luck with your surgery!

Beth

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Old 11-08-2008, 04:57 PM   #5
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Re: Surgery Tips / Post OP for L5 S1 Posterior Decompression?

Run As Fast As You Can In The Other Direction....been There , Done Exactly Same Thing , Two Years Later///still In Pain But Now Sciatic Nerves Messed Up For Who Knows How Long....surgery Still Not Successful Because They Say Not Enough Room To Decompress...had To Just Try To Stabilize Mess....like I Said ....................run..................................49 Year Old Female

 
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Run Run Run Run

 
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