Re: Need help/Advice ASAP please
Wow. You just never know what "might" happen when you go to hospital. The good news is that it is not MRSA. The rest leaves something to be desired.
I can only assume that the spondylolisthesis isn't too much or surely it would have been noticed prior to surgery. Or has it occurred due to the removal of the facet?
As you know, you will need to really stay on top of the nerve issue, particularly with incontinence issues. It is entirely feasible that the spondylolisthesis is now the source of the nerve compression, and that what is going on is more than just the nerves having been irritated and now trying to recover. You will want to get this taken care of as soon as possible.
Regarding fusion, it is a big surgery. It will depend on what needs to be done as to the recovery...but it is really difficult to return to a schedule where you must travel on a quick timetable. It has very little to do with how fit or strong you are. It is a matter of how quickly your body will grow bone cells.
The problem with trying to do too much too soon is that inflammation quickly can set in and it can ruin a surgery. I speak from experience on this topic! Most people aren't even allowed to ride in a car for the first two weeks. After this point, it is allowed but patients are encouraged to keep the trips short. Most doctors want their patients to avoid sitting for no more than 15-20 minutes early in recovery, with an hour max. before one should get up and move about. You might be able to get away with one trip but doing this on a regular basis runs the risk of ruining the surgery.
Some doctors will tell you that the hardware that is currently used is very strong and that there is less need to be careful. Current advice regarding activity is "If it hurts, don't do it." This is all well and good, BUT one never knows she has done "too much" until after it is done...and the inflammation or nerve flare has gotten going again.
Surgeons tend to not want to think about a failed back surgery or a failed fusion, but it is less uncommon than they make one think. And it usually occurs due to not giving the body sufficient time to grow bone and to get the soft tissue, muscles and fascia working together to support the new alignment.