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RiRi
04-27-2007, 09:36 AM
Hi Everyone

I will be having (A/P) on 6/26 and 6/27 and will be fused from T5 - L4. Has anyone had such a long Fusion? What am I in for with flexibility after the surgery? the bending, lifting, reaching, etc.....

Any advice would be appreciated. Today is one of my nervous days where I don't know if I am making the right decision or not. Is this normal?

Thanks

Maria

amber24
04-27-2007, 12:31 PM
I am fused from T5-L5. I am going into 9 weeks post-op and I feel great.

I did go through many different feelings before surgery. I even questioned if I was doing the right thing and I have no regrets now. I feel so much better!!! :)

Shari
04-28-2007, 12:49 AM
Hi Maria,

I'm fused T-1 to L-5 and I was 45 when I had it done. I wish I would have had it done sooner.

Of course the is some loss of flexibilty, but it's amazing how you just learn to adapt and adjust to it. I can bend at my hips, I reach just fine, and I can lift. I haven't tried to lift anything really heavy, not because I don't think I could, more like I don't think I should.

I find myself being maybe overly cautious sometimes, but I don't want to mess anything up.

Shari