So at the age of 14 i had a herniated and bulging disc l5-s1, i deLt with the pain until it became debilitating and no longer able to even stand up( age of 20) I then got steroid injections and prescribed almost every medicine possible, i forced myself to live and work as long as possible, which got me to the age of 23 which at this point i then had disc degeneration, from l4-s1 and scoliosis. As well as narrowing of the root canal mild.
It is now 4 days after the multilevel anterior lumbar Interbody fusion. I have been in major pain in the stomach where the entry point wAs, approximately 7-8 inches long about an inch below the belly button, right about the waist line.But everyday is like a miracle, i no longer have foot drop and am gaining muscle strength in my right leg at least back equal with the left leg. i still have back pain as of now but much more mild, but the surgeon says hopefully thats will go away as it heals, theres titanium screws and cage in my back so you would expect some pain as thats not normally there. I can stand up and walk to the bathroom and walk up and down stairs almost better than before the surgery already. I wish i didn't wait this long to have this done but at my age the doctors were trying to do anything other than surgery.
The best thing that has happened to me , ive had back pain for as long as i can remember.
It is a rough first two days after, the pain in your stomach and back can be dealt with because you will be overnight at the hospital for a few days, i had surgery at 9 30 am friday and was out of surgery by 330. I was off of IV only 24 hrs after, and drinkin water saturday evening, solid food sunday morning and discharged by 2pm sunday.
This isnt that bad, please dont freak yourself out by reading all the complications over and over again. Its not worth it, you will start to have a smile on your face for the first time in a long time if you were truly in tons of pain. Everyone that has seen me says i look like a totally different person by just my facial expressions. I was prescribed 10mg percocets for months prior to the surgery and it never had me feeling this comfortable, taking only 10mgs of oxy after surgery and the pain is doable.
One major thing, It was not my bone graft it was a cadaver bone, What I've been told is that if they use your own bone,(hip or pelvic?) that site will be in pain for a long while as well.