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Thread: For those w/ 2 day surgeries, what did you do on the inbetween days?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Yacolt, WA

    For those w/ 2 day surgeries, what did you do on the inbetween days?

    I have a 2 day surgery planned: ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4 and then 3 days later: PSF T4-S1.
    What did you do on the days between surgery [besides pray a lot]?
    How was it?
    Were you at all unstable spine-wise between surgeries?
    Adult Onset Degenerative Scoliosis @65, 25* T & 36* L w/ 11.2 cm coronal balance; T kyphosis 90*; Severe disc degen T & L stenosis

    2013: T3- S1 Fusion w/ ALIF L4-S1/XLIF L2-4, PSF T4-S1 2 surgeries
    2014: Hernia @ ALIF repaired; Emergency screw removal Spinal Cord Injury T4,5 sec to PJK
    2015: Revision Broken Bil T & L rods and no fusion: 2 revision surgeries; hardware P. Acnes infection
    2016: Ant/Lat Lumbar diskectomy w/ 4 cages + BMP + harvested bone
    2018: Removal L4,5 screw

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Northern California
    You recover. Most likely, they'll have you up and walking with physical therapists each day. You'll probably sleep most of the rest of time. One's spine is not unstable between stages with the potential exception of having a corpectomy or vertebral column resection.
    Never argue with an idiot. They always drag you down to their level, and then they beat you with experience. --Twain
    Surgery 2/10/93 A/P fusion T4-L3
    Surgery 1/20/11 A/P fusion L2-sacrum w/pelvic fixation

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2010

    Prayers for you~~

    Hey Susan,
    I see you have surgery coming right up! I forget to look over on the "first time surgeries" and so I need to get caught up on what's happening with you. Apparently you decided to do the surgery. And in two parts, as you posted. I didn't have a two part surgery, but I think that three days is going to go pretty fast! Like Linda said"you'll be sleeping a lot of that time"~~~ I am so happy you're going forth and getting this done. You deserve a good quality of life. And hopefully, with lots of prayers ,and a good surgeon (plus team,) you will be on your way!! Stay strong and confident in your mind and the body will fall into place. Sounds like you've got things pretty well organized. Please know you're in my thoughts and prayers~~God Bless You as you go into this next phase of your life.
    Warmly Linda
    Linda Brozik~~60 yrs. old at time of Lenke's first surgery. 62 now!
    Surgery 2006 L3/4 L4/5 double fusion/ instumentation/ With 2 cages
    This started adult onset scoliosis
    July 1st, 2010/ surgery ~~fused T10 to pelvis (long rods/ screws)
    Oct.20th 2010, extended rods to T4 / did osteotomy at L3
    Oct. 29th 2012 Dr. Lenke St. Louis Mo. T4 to sacrum osteotomy anterior cage L3/4 titanium rods
    May 30th 2013 revision
    May 8th cervicle surgery 2016
    May 31st Dr. Gupta revision 2017

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008

    I was kept out for my 2 day stage. I don’t remember a thing during that period. No dreams, no pain, no nothing. Since they put the 5 spacers in from the front, they probably wanted me laying low during that period.....I had “partial” corpectomies done on L1-S1.

    I have no low pain at all, which is unbelievable.....From 10 to 0. I never expected that result since my lumbar situation was in really rough condition. Like a rusty crankshaft off a Model T ford. (smiley face)

    I believe you are ready. You have done a good job using the forum....

    49 yr old male, now 61, the new 61...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PLIF T2-Pelvis 01/29/08, 01/31/08 7" pelvic anchors BMP
    Dr Brett Menmuir St Marys Hospital Reno,Nevada

    Bending and twisting pics after full fusion

    My x-rays

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