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Hi everyone,
If there's any of you who have had successful surgeries out there still reading the boards, please post your successes. There are a bunch of new people here that are only hearing the negatives. I know we did this once before a few weeks ago, but I can't find that thread. I think it was called "Success stories wanted"

There is also a thread on pg 5 called "Good laminectomy outcomes wanted"

I'll start.

I'm a 44 year old mom. Had fusion from T5 - T12 with harrington rod 22 years ago due to a 49 degree curve from scoliosis in my upper back. That surgery was immensely successful and have always thought that was the best thing I ever did for myself.

Fast forward... 2 years ago I began to have alot of pain at my sacroiliac joint when I walked to much or did hills. It continued to get worse over the next few months so I went to my ortho. He prescribed PT, which did not help. Then we tried the pain blocks, more for diagnostic reasons. They worked but only for a few days. I had several different problems. Low grade spondylolisthesis at L5, hyperlordosis from "flatback" due to my prior surgery. (they no longer use harrington rods because of this, it doesn't let your back curve posteriorly) and a mild curve from my scoliosis. Things were getting worse, and I was up to taking 4 Vicodin 750mg and 1 Vioxx 50mg just to get through the day. Obviously I could not continue to this. My liver would give out probably sooner than my back from the combo of these meds. So I decided to have the surgery sooner than later, to stop the progression of problems.

The surgery I had was a anterior/posterior interbody fusion L4 - S1. My discs at L4/5 and L5/S1 were replaced with cadeaver bone instead of cages and BMP was put into the center of them to aid fusion. Then insert screws with washers to hold the "discs" in place. Then they flipped me over and inserted 6 screws and rods to hold it all in place.

The day after the surgery they made me get out of bed a walk a few steps around the room. Holy moly that hurt, thank god for the drugs and the PCA machine. The first week sucks, plain and simple, but each day is better. I have gotten better with each passing day, and on Monday I will be 4 weeks post op.

I had a little set back at 2.5 weeks from overdoing it because I felt so good and strong. I would suggest working up to long walking distances slowly. At 2 weeks I was walking 1.25 miles a day....way too much! Now I've cut back to a more reasonable .5 miles and things are much better. I go back to work in 2 weeks, and while it will be a little bit of a challenge to sit all day, I'm really looking forward to it. I will have to take lots of mini breaks to walk a little, and lay down on the couch in the ladies room a few times a day.

Bottom line, it was successful. I'm glad I did it and I know I won't be back to full speed for probably another 6 months, I continue to improve. Surgery is a great option for some people. You definitely need to go into it with a positive attitude.

Good luck to all who are contemplating surgery or who have just had it!

Jenna's Mom :wave: