... I want you to know that recovery after spinal fusion surgeries takes a year or more for a reason. More complicated surgery takes longer to fully recover. ... (3 replies)
... Generally during surgery, the surgeons give you steroid injections to help reduce the swelling after surgery and aid in the recovery process. The steroids help you to get up and move after surgery which is vital to recovery. ... (3 replies)
... That's wonderful that you are progressing nicely. Please just remember that recovery is not a competition and that it takes a good twelve months for the bone to fill in and set up strong and hard. ... (3 replies)
... I have read so many horror stories on these boards about the experience of spinal fusion and wanted to share my story.
I am 3 weeks post op and the procedure has thus far been a huge success. I am feeling a 100% better than before the surgery and although there is post op soreness it is NOTHING like I read nor feared. I was up walking 45 minutes after returning from my... (3 replies)
... The important thing about walking at this point in recovery is to minimize the formation of scar tissue and to keep it from attaching to a nerve. Everyone develops scar tissue. ... (9 replies)
... I have been keeping a thread going with my own discectomy recovery. ... (1 replies)
... I am starting week three of my discectomy recovery and your first two weeks are exact to my my experience. I was told that the swelling takes a long time to go down. ... (32 replies)
... that my doctor not do an endoscopic surgery. good luck, hopefully it will work out for you. oh, yeah, my dad just had a discectomy a month ago and it cured nine years of back pain totally. no endoscope for him either. ... (8 replies)
... but the endoscopic procedure has a faster recovery time. The muscles are not cut, just pushed aside by a small tube, and the entire surgery is done through the tube. ... (8 replies)
... I have a big trip I insist on taking in just under 3 months. I don't think I can be certain that surgery recovery will be complete enough to handle the trip after hearing your responses. ... (8 replies)
I had a micro-d 11/21/06. It was L4-L5. I finally returned to work Feb. 26. I am not sure what the time frame is for a discectomy. I just thought I would add my thoughts.
My post-op period didn't go well, because of the severe nerve compression. I am still not pain free and wear a lidocaine patch. Hopefully, all will go well with your recovery.
Take care and... (8 replies)
... I had a discectomy on feb 26th. ... (8 replies)
... weeks, but lately all the stories I'm reading are talking about heading toward fusion before recovery from discectomy is even complete. ... (8 replies)
... that was not there before surgery. It felt like a constant muscle spasm. My doctor told me it was normal and it did not go away for almost 3 months. During my recovery I definitely had good days and bad days. My pain levels did fluctuate. ... (3 replies)
... than before surgery. When I asked my Dr. he said that my numbness would be the last symptom to leave but was concerned about my pain levels yet. He told me that recovery would take time, not to over do ANYTHING yet, rest and gave me a refill on my precription of Lorcet, and also started me on a cortizone package of pills. ... (3 replies)
... S1 level on August 21st and I had a question regarding recovery time. ... (3 replies)
... I have another question about the laminectomy/ discectomy recovery. I am still waiting to get a third opinion about surgery and I am scheduled for a discogram in two weeks. I was wondering what the average time to be able to go back to class after a discectomy. I start classes three weeks after my discogram and if I am going to get the surgery, I will not have much time to... (5 replies)
... went away but the pain pretty much stayed the same. I think you should call your doctor and tell him what you are experiencing. Everyone is different as far as recovery goes. Hang in there and keep us posted. ... (2 replies)
... I had my surgery on April 24th so going on ten days. I am wondering about types of pain in which people go through during their recovery? I am having sharpe quick shooting pains when walking. While lying on the couch I'm very comfortable. The pain is a sharpe nerve pain in the lower back and butt area. I have been using a walker for stability. Sometimes the shooting pain make... (1 replies)
I had a discectomy at L4-L5 on 2-25-14 so I am just shy of 6 weeks in my recovery.
Today was my first day back at work. I have a desk job and work 10 hour days. My surgeon suggested I work only 5 hours a day for my first week back.
I made it through my 5 hours but am a little concerned. Halfway through, my back started to ache - nothing horrible though. By the... (4 replies)