Re: Post spinal fusion questions
CK, like I said I was fused from L2 through S1 just last July; I don't believe there's any limit on the number of vertebrae fused. A 16 year old boy had his entire spine fused, in setions, just this summer due to scoliosis. He didn't wear any brace at all post surgery.
I had figured I'd be wearing that huge, hard body brace like you described, but my surgeon said they don't use them anymore. My mother had surgery similar to mine about 12 years ago and she had to wear that kind of brace. My corset type just wrapped around me and was held with velcro and had metal that went on the lower spine.
I know my result was unusually good, even better than my surgeon had anticipated. He said you never can tell how these surgeries will turn out: some get better, some stay the same, and even some get worse. I was fortunate; it's wonderful to be rid of nearly all my pain.