I'm almost at 5 weeks postoperative after anterior and posterior lumbar fusion and doing pretty well. I am currently walking about 1 mile plus per day with a limited amount of pain. All of my bodily functions are almost normal.
I was hospitalized 4 days for this procedure and walking, with a walker, the day after surgery. The following day, and throughout the remainder of my hospital stay, I was walking without the walker.
Now, a little bit about me. I am a 52 year old male, height and weight proportionate, dedicated to the gym for the past 25 years. I am a non-smoker and generally pretty active and fit. My doctor commented that these facts would defiantly contribute to an overall positive surgical outcome. I suppose time will tell. However, I'm optimistic at this juncture.
I chose this surgical fusion option as a last resort to alleviate the pain I'd been experiencing for the past 9 years. During the past 5 years, I'd been visiting a chiropractor and this worked to keep the pain manageable. The techniques used were the DRX 9000, Extend Track and the Disc Pump. All of these therapies were applied by separate chiropractors. At some point, during the last 1 or 2 years, these methods ceased to be effective.
My last ditch attempt, in June 2014, was to have facet joint injections,
to determine if any relief was to be gained. The pain relief from this procedure lasted only about 6 days. So, this is when, after much research, 4 separate neurological consultations, years of chiropractic sessions and bouts of moderate to extreme pain, I decided to have anterior and posterior fusion surgery from L4 to S1.
At this point, I would like to say that if anyone out there is considering surgery, you should exhaust all other noninvasive procedures before considering it. Also, ensure that you research and find the best surgeon to fit your needs. Ask lots of questions. If the doctor doesn't give you the time to answer them all, then look elsewhere as it's your body and you really need the right information to make an educated decision.
I hope this story helps someone out there who is in search of some answers.