View Full Version : January Fusion, Looking for Advice

12-16-2008, 11:15 PM
My daughter, Rachel, will have fusion in January. I am looking for any advice anyone has to offer.

12-17-2008, 09:17 AM
Cheryl, I have no experience and therefore no advice, but just wanted you to know that I'm thinking of your family and your daughter and wanted to wish Rachel all the best. Good luck. Is the surgery in early Jan or later in the month?

12-17-2008, 10:38 AM

I have no advice from a teenage perspective of the operation, only as an adult. All that I know is that it's supposed to be an easier recovery for a teenager than an adult. I am now at 2 months postop and feeling great, so I bet your daughter will be feeling better more quickly than I did.

Good luck with her surgery.

12-17-2008, 12:30 PM
Hi Cheryl--

My son Sidney (13) was fused 5 weeks ago. He is doing well. I have followed your posts since the fall of 07 when I joined the forum. I'm sorry surgery is necessary. I would be happy to answer any questions I can. If you can give me some specific ones, I'll do my best.

Mary Ellen

12-17-2008, 06:09 PM
My son was fused almost 1.5 years ago and he is doing really great, for the most part. Don't hesitate to ask any questions you have because you'll get a lot of helpful answers. I will say that now is probably the hardest part for all of you and it won't get much easier, emotionally until the surgery is over. Then it is such a relief and so much better. Kids usually have an amazingly quick initial recovery but it can take a couple of years for a complete recovery. I'm sorry you're going through this but it's not as bad as it seems right now. Hang in there, it will all work out and your daughter will be fine.

My son was bored and ready for school only a few weeks (4-5?) after his surgery. But I was glad it was the summer and he had to wait seven weeks. It will all work out and the school will work with you to enable your daughter to return to school safely as soon as she is ready.

12-17-2008, 06:27 PM
Well I will have to say the worst part of this whole thing is where you are at right now. My daughter had surgery on Nov 24 and we are so happy that it is done. I found the stress and worry pre surgery was horrific. The day of I was very calm and her hospital stay as exhausting and long as it seem at the time was really not half as bad as I thought it would be. I will also say that we have bonded in a huge way. Most 14 year old girls are pushing there parents away this has brought us so close I am treasuring every moment. As much as I wish she did not have to go through this good things have come from this. Take care of yourself and we will all be think of you and praying for you.

12-18-2008, 09:30 PM
My daughter, Rachel, will have fusion in January. I am looking for any advice anyone has to offer.

My dd is facing a possible surgery this summer, but from what I've read on this forum, the part before surgery is the hardest.

This group is great for advice and support so make a list of questions and ask away! :)


02-07-2009, 08:29 PM

I read on another thread that Rachael is having surgery tomorrow. Please keep us posted. She (and you) will be in my thoughts.

Mary Ellen