Re: Upcoming surgery
Welcome to the board. Have you thought about getting another opinion before proceeding with this surgery? Since it is a big surgery and cannot be "undone," it is always a good idea to get several opinions, as different surgeons sometimes approach a problem in different ways. I assume the surgeon is talking about removing the discs at all three levels, replacing them with some sort of spacer, and then tying it together with rods and screws.
If that is the procedure he is recommending, and he does all three levels, you will be facing a long recovery. It is very important that you not bend or twist for the first several months, so your activities will be limited. Most people do not drive for anywhere from 3 weeks to a couple months...depending on when you get off pain medications.
I've never had a discectomy so don't have anything to compare a fusion to, but others have said a fusion is quite a bit more difficult to recover from. Hopefully others who have had both will chime in with their opinions.
Last edited by teteri66; 12-16-2011 at 12:56 AM.