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Hi all,

Just wanted to chime in and say hello. I had mentioned in an earlier post that I would be having my hardware removed from L4-S1 (2 rods and 6 screws). I just wanted to let you all know how it went incase anyone needs or wanted to know. I went into the Hospital at 5:30am for a 730 surgery time. It lasted approximately 1.5 hours and my fusion was deemed solid upon exploration. The pain is NOWHERE near as bad as a fusion but still of course is not a cake walk. I went home in about 5 hours including recovery room time. I was able to walk very slowly with my walker and it feels as if I have a TON of throbbing pressure on the surgery site. It is still to early to be able to tell if the surgery has helped any of my residual pain or the pain in my legs ( a screw was pinching 2 of my nerves and is reason it had to come out). Right now I think that I may have a bit more feeling in the left leg but not totally sure. The pain meds are really throwing me off since i had to increase them a small bit for the surgical pain. Today I am also having a VERY bad day for pain, I believe that all of the Anesesthia affects, and post op Dilaudid, Demerol and Morphine has worn off completly and is the reason for the pain. I am currently taking my own dialuadid, Oxycontin, Lyrica (same meds as always, and added some extra dilaudid for post op pain) It does help but not as well as the IV meds from the hospital. Well I am off to play some videogames and tinker around on the computer now. Just thought that this may be some good information for anyone needing or just curious about this surgery. God Bless you my friends and have a wonderful day, hope it is pain free.

Yours in Christ,