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8 weeks post T2-L3 spinal fusion and I have a few questions!!

Hi!! So I'm currently 8 weeks post op. I had scoliosis and needed a spinal fusion done. I'm 21 years old and only know a few people who have gone through this and they were all 13 or 14 and aren't going through the same stuff I am. My doctor gives me vague answers on everything too so I'm really hoping for some answers that will help me and make me feel better!!! 

1. How long does it take for the swelling to go down? I feel and look bigger than I was before surgery and I'm hoping its from inflammation. 
2. What is the best cream/get/oil or whatever to put on my incision to make the redness go away? 
3. Does anyone else feel like they could feel the rods in their body? Is that normal?
4. I had my surgery January 11th.. Will I be limited this summer? Or will I be able to have fun with my friends, be able to go to the beach, and etc. 

Thank you in advance to anyone who can help me with my questions, sorry also if they seem stupid or dumb. I'm a major worry wart and stressed about doing everything wrong!!! 
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