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Lumbar Fusion Recovery?

Hi all-
A lumbar fusion (L4-S1) anterior/posterior may be in my future. The neurosurgeon told me to expect 2 weeks of severe pain and then the pain decreases significantly thereafter. Did you find this to be true in your case? Just wanted to know a little bit about other's experiences so I know what to expect. Thanks.


  • rae1112rae1112 Michigan Posts: 143
    Well I had T4 to L5 fused due to scoliosis only posterior approach. I would say the first 2 weeks I did have very severe pain,  I had mine the 9th. It's better now but still sore.  I take 1 percoset every 4 hours to manage the pain. 
    The exhaustion is still very much there though. 
  • JameyhJJameyh Atlanta, Ga.Posts: 98
    Hi Taliarose,
         I had an anterior/posterior lumbar fusion of L4-S1 on December 5th, 2016.  I am 60 years old and this was my first exterior surgery.  Day 1, I was out of it.  Day 2, I used the PCA pump to treat pain.  But PT still gets you up to walk.  The pre-op nerve pain I had was completely gone so frankly I was excited.  By day 3, I was getting Oxycodone and Valium orally for pain and muscle spasms and they put a Lidocaine patch on the back.  By day 4, I was sleeping relatively well even in a hospital bed but I took a gel foam pillow to sleep on.   Went home on day 5 and continued the same medicine routine as in the hospital.  Every 6 hours for 4 days.  Then every 8 hours for 4 days then every 12 hours for a day or two.  I used a walker for 2 weeks just to be sure I didn't overdo it.   For the pain was only bad the first few days.  I hope you are one of the lucky ones.  Good luck.
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  • Pain is manageable, if that's what you're asking.  Year and a half ago I had ten hours of surgery and think I had 7 or eight vertebrae fused.  I had to stay a week in the hospital then home where I dumped the prescription pain killers in the sink.  I used four over the counter Tylenol/day.  It will hurt and then it will stop hurting.  Right?  I was taking meetings two weeks after getting home, though with a driver.  Try to find ways to stay active.  Personally I think one needs to push one's self.  Don't let the pain push you around.  But that's me.  Year and a half I'm back on bicycle and motorcycle. 
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