Last week I had my 2-year post op check up. Dr. Perra said everything looked good - my fusion looked solid and my hardware was all still in place - no changes from last year. We talked about how even though they say this is a "1-year recovery" it's really seems like a 2-year recovery. I did notice a fair amount of improvement from 1-year to 2-year post op. My improvements in the 2nd year were mainly in strength and soft tissue healing. I think the soft tissue just needs a lot of time to repair & recovery from the surgery and from the trauma of being put back where it belonged. He said some people even notice more improvements in year 3 but after that it's pretty much a plateau. I personally feel like I'm as good as it will get, which I'm very happy with the way things are now.

I have had bad feet every since I was a young adult, I inherited major bunions. But, with no pain I just let it go. When my back started getting bad, my feet got worse (age and maybe having a bad gait for so many years??). Long story short, after my 1-year check up I immediately went to see a foot surgeon. I had my left foot correct in Aug 2017 and my right foot corrected Nov 2017. I feel like I've been in recovery for 2 years!! My feet are doing great and I finally feel like a fairly normal person these days.

Dr. Perra said I look normal and I AM normal - but I haven't felt "normal" for so many years that I'm not sure what normal is!!

So for anyone out there that needs surgery on other body parts after major back surgery, there is hope :-)