View Full Version : A year and a half post-op

12-29-2008, 10:17 AM
Hi all --

In case there are folks out there who feel they're having a slow recovery....
It reallly has taken me a full year and a half to feel good again, albeit with limitations. It seems to me that in general, the anterior approach is much tougher to recover from than posterior surgery only....and I can't imagine that my torso will EVER feel normal again, although the discomfort is vastly improved from what it was.

At this point, I can finally cut my own toenails again (buh-bye, podiatrist!!), and I don't have to lug my pillow everywhere I go. My weak leg is probably at 90 percent by now, so I can finally get up off the floor or from a squatting position. I'm also at the point where I can make it through the day without taking Tylenol or Advil, although I do take something on the days I work in the office. I still feel pressure and a lot of stiffness in my lower back where the fusion ends, but I can pretty much ignore it at this point.

I would say I started noticing a dramatic improvement just in the last month, so I'm confident that I'll continue to improve.

Best of all, I can stand and sit for longer periods of time than I could before surgery....the horrible aches I used to get in the middle of my back, where the curve started, are gone.

Recovering from this surgery has without a doubt been the biggest physical and emotional challenge of my life. It kicked my a** !!!!!

Happy new year to all...

12-29-2008, 01:55 PM
Hi Chris

Glad to hear your feeling good even if it took 18 mos. Yes that anterior cut was fun, and yes it kicks your a** !!! Its great to be done with it, finally.

My doctors are worried that I'm doing so good that I'm going to screw things up doing something wild. I need a jacket airbag with Helium so if I crash, I can just pull the ripcord and rise like a balloon.

Don't ask how I'm going to get down, Ill figure that out when it happens. LOL

Yes it will be a happy New Year!

loves to skate
12-29-2008, 04:23 PM
Hi Chris,
I'm glad to hear you are doing so well. It gives many of us hope that there will be more improvement as time goes on. Thanks for sharing. Sally

12-29-2008, 04:50 PM

I'm so glad that you're doing better. When did you start back to work? Did you start back full time? How'd that go? I'd like to wait until April if I could :)

Isn't it wonderful how that 'horrible ache' is gone now? I had it too in my lower back if I stood around too much.

12-30-2008, 09:07 AM
Thanks, guys...

Hi Debbe -- I started a part-time job about 14 months after surgery and although I was very sore for the first month or so, I'm totally used to it now. Bear in mind that I had an unusual complication, nerve damage in my right leg, which hobbled me for a long time. It sounds like you're doing great.