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Nanalulu
03-26-2005, 11:44 PM
I've been a member of this forum for a few days and find it a wonderful source of info. My proposed surgery is from T4-L3. I've been doing some research and reading everything the surgeon has given me, but I'd like to hear from people who have actually gone through this.

Do you need assistance with walking after leaving the hospital? If the sacrum isn't involved will a walker or a cane be necessary? I'm 56 years old and reasonably active right now.

Lynn

LindaRacine
03-27-2005, 01:33 PM
Hi Lynn...

I think it depends on your doctor and how you're doing after surgery. I mostly hear that doctors don't want their patients using walkers or canes post-op for any length of time, because they can cause the patient to lean in one direction.

I had surgery at age 42 (T4-L3 like you). I only used a walker for the first 3-4 days while in the hospital.

Regards,
Linda

spincon58
03-27-2005, 10:35 PM
Hi Lynn,
In the hospital, your usually medically assisted when you start to get out of bed and walk....I remember the PT would come by day 2 or 3 and we would take a walk up and down the corridor..my great accomplishment was when I walked up and down a flight of stairs..thats when they knew I was ready to go home...When I came home it was very very slow....It was a project to get up the stairs,,..and once I was up in my bedroom I stayed there untill it was necessary to come down...Take your pain meds as needed, they help loosen you up so you can walk...I did not need a walker and some days I wish I had a cane but the days turned into weeks and before I knew it , I was in and out of my house and driving.....I did get a hospital bed when i got home ; that helped me tremedously....It's very hard at first to get from a lying down position to a sitting position...and vise versa...Good luck...feel free to ask other questions...

Lavinia
03-31-2005, 01:47 AM
I had T2-T12 done in a double stage fusion 4 months ago, age 55. I didn't have problems walking except weakness, but another patient used a walker for a couple of days only.

Best of luck,

Lavinia