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Old 05-17-2001, 01:41 PM   #1
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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.
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Old 05-18-2001, 08:32 PM   #2
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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

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