Back surgery in 5 days: What am in for?
December 14, 2013 5:46 PM Subscribe
Having back surgery on Dec. 19th. Fusion of L5-S1 with bone from pelvis and some "hardware". Doc has been great with the exception of what I'm in for in terms of post-op pain and recovery. Basically, he's told me "it varies." I do know I'll be hospitalized for at least 2 nights.
posted by jrchaplin to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Mefites who've been through this or similar, can you relate your recovery in terms of post-op pain and recovery? I know I can't drive for 7 to 10 days following surgery and at some point I'll start physical therapy. But beyond that, it's a mystery.
Others in my work and social circles who have had back surgery have related tales ranging from 10 to 12 weeks of hell to returning to work within a week. I know there's a lot of variables here, but I'm looking for
I've been in pain for 5 months, so more pain I can deal with. But the idea of doing little or nothing for an extended period of time fills me with dread. I live alone, but I'll have friends and family looking in on me.
So what am in for?