Hey I just found out today that I will be having a fusion in a month. I know it is a scary operation, but, like you, I am in agony and it really cannot get much worse. It's funny you mention going out to dinner. We are going out to dinner tonight to celebrate that I finally have an end in sight. I know it will hurt like heck, but we haven't gone anywhere in so long because of my pain level. We were going to try and go out on Valentines day, but instead ended up in the ER
So tonight is the night.
My surgeon explained everything to me and my husband today, and he is making it sound like I will do just great. He said I can do stairs, carefully, right away. He thinks I will be off the pain meds by 4 weeks post op. I asked about tools to have around the house, and he said the physical therapist at the hospital will help me with that, but given my age (27) and health, he really thinks I will be fine. He did mention the possible complications and possibilities of needing more surgeries, but thinks there is such a tiny chance of that with my situation.
I am the most excited to get pregnant with baby number 2! And I had been so worried about being able to work in my gardens this summer, but now I think I will be able too!
What type of fusion will you be having? I will be having L5 and S1 fused with screws, rods, and bone. He is using some bone that I have such hanging in my back (it is broken off my spine). I will be having an incision in both the front and back, and he said the operation will last 3 hours, with a 3 day hospital stay. He made the operation sound so much less scary than what I had imagined!