It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Back Problems Message Board
Post New Thread   Closed Thread
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-17-2001, 01:41 PM   #1
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2001
Location: Porter, Texas, USA
Posts: 11
Alee HB User
Spinal Fusion (L4/L5/S1)

My husband is schedule for spinal fusion surgery, L4/L5/S1, with all the screws and such, for next month. We've done steriod injections, discograms, therapy, etc. and the herination has slowly progressed. Neither of us are sure what to expect. They are going through the front, which I hear is better. I know that all the pain will not be gone, we just hope he can "function" again. I see that several of you have had the procedure and I ask that, if you have time, please give me a better idea of what to expect.
Thank you

Sponsors Lightbulb
Old 05-18-2001, 08:32 PM   #2
Join Date: Dec 2000
Location: san diego, ca. usa
Posts: 3
ilverme HB User
Re: Spinal Fusion (L4/L5/S1)

i am 7 months post-op posterior interbody fusion with instrumentation. i am a 40yr old male, and i must say it is the most difficult thing i have been through. i am quite a bit better than before surgery. the hospital stay was 5 days, the first 2 days are extremely painful. if your husband can possibly cut back on his pain meds before the procedure, it would be a good idea. i had been on meds (morphine sulfate a.k.a. ms-contin) for months before, it made it very difficult for the morphine or demerol to relieve the pain in the hospital. the other information you received will be helpful, i also got a toilet seat booster. i was able to microwave myself food upon returning home from the hospital, i put up a bed in the den, table with remotes next to it, and made sure i had plenty of things in the fridge. another good idea is to have senokot or another stool softener handy. your internals will be a little messed up, it does help to take it. i had a walker, didn't use it, used mostly a cane. i can say that recovery is slow and setbacks are common, i just started feeling good, and in fact today it is overcast, so i hurt. remember, this surgery is very invasive, painful, and serious. make sure you have a second opinion and you are very secure with your choice of doctors, if you have any specific questions post again, will be more than happy to answer any questins. i check this board every few days. good luck, chris

Closed Thread

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Board Replies Last Post
Back Spasms from Spinal Fusion tigrsleigh Back Problems 3 10-20-2010 08:41 PM
Lft side only L-4 L-5 fusion dcotter Back Problems 2 10-13-2010 08:55 AM
Spinal fusion thoughts and questions? Bionic30man Back Problems 6 08-13-2010 06:32 PM
Spinal Fusion thoughts or questions! (help) Bionic30man Spinal Cord Disorders 1 07-18-2010 06:28 PM
Any experiences with minimal invasive spinal fusion nycgirl25 Back Problems 25 06-29-2010 06:47 AM
Gossip on spinal fusion Jack24 Chronic Pain 17 05-18-2010 03:12 PM
Recovery after spinal fusion - 1 year post op Mim7935 Back Problems 17 04-24-2010 12:10 AM
Had Spinal Fusion Can I Get Epidural? CCinVB Pregnancy 4 10-20-2006 09:00 AM
Possible lumbar spinal fusion in my future Hansen36 Spinal Cord Disorders 5 02-17-2006 05:01 AM
Pregnancy post-spinal fusion Mim7935 Back Problems 0 09-26-2003 02:11 AM

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is Off
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Sign Up Today!

Ask our community of thousands of members your health questions, and learn from others experiences. Join the conversation!

I want my free account

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 01:20 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2015 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!