Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Final Fusion Questions

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2021
    Location
    Earth
    Posts
    20

    Final Fusion Questions

    Fellow humans, I am going to have final fusion this summer and am nervous about it and wish to know more about it from people who have survived the operation.
    How long were people in the hospital recovering?
    How long did they just lay on the couch or bed doing nothing at home?
    What is it like to have your vertebrae fused?
    Can you feel the difference afterwards?
    Did recovery hurt more than other surgery's?
    How did you deal with the pain?
    Did it shift your center of balance so you had to relearn how to walk? (Happened to me when I first got my rods)
    How was recovery?

    Those are all of my questions. As you can see I am very curios and want to be prepared. I will make sure to buy myself a nice ling video game to play while I recover and will try to be ready for the long recovery.
    Male, 15 year old manly man of manliness diagnosed with scoliosis . I have had over 30 surgeries and have 70 degree scoliosis and a twisted spine that gave me a chest point and and a rib cage back hump. I am very open about my scoliosis and started a blog about it. If you can, please take a look. The link is https://scoliaticblog.blogspot.com/

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    illinois
    Posts
    1,053
    You are so much younger than most of us that some things can be different. Yes get your legs and abdominal muscles strong.
    Hospital stay is usually 5-7 days. Sometimes rehab, but you may not because of your parents being there for you.
    There isn't laying around all day. You must get up and walk and increase that everyday.
    Pain can be managed first with medication and then with things like heat packs and meditation.
    I have gone through my last 3 surgeries on Tylenol and gabapentin. Not easy but it can be done. The advantage seems to be no effects from narcotics. It is tough at first but then so much easier.
    You will be tired a lot and that is when you rest.
    Good luck and it will get better
    T10-pelvis fusion 12/08
    C5,6,7 fusion 9/10
    T2--T10 fusion 2/11
    C 4-5 fusion 11/14
    Right scapulectomy 6/15
    Right pectoralis major muscle transfer to scapula
    To replace the action of Serratus Anterior muscle 3/16
    Broken neck 9/28/2018
    Emergency surgery posterior fusion C4- T3
    Repeated 11/2018 because rods pulled apart added T2 fusion
    Removal of partial right thoracic hardware 1/2020
    Removal and replacement of C4-T10 hardware with C7 and T 1
    Osteotomy

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Sep 2003
    Location
    Northern California
    Posts
    7,187
    Quote Originally Posted by Scoliatic View Post
    Fellow humans, I am going to have final fusion this summer and am nervous about it and wish to know more about it from people who have survived the operation.
    How long were people in the hospital recovering?
    How long did they just lay on the couch or bed doing nothing at home?
    What is it like to have your vertebrae fused?
    Can you feel the difference afterwards?
    Did recovery hurt more than other surgery's?
    How did you deal with the pain?
    Did it shift your center of balance so you had to relearn how to walk? (Happened to me when I first got my rods)
    How was recovery?

    Those are all of my questions. As you can see I am very curios and want to be prepared. I will make sure to buy myself a nice ling video game to play while I recover and will try to be ready for the long recovery.
    I was in the hospital for 12 days for my original surgeries and 5 days for my revision surgery. It will depend on your age, what procedures will be done, and what complications (if any) you have.

    I spent a great deal of time in bed for the first six weeks after my first surgeries. After my revision surgeries, I was encouraged not to spend any time in bed except for when I was sleeping. I spent my time alternating between standing, sitting, and taking short walks. Laying in bed will very likely lead to a longer rehab.

    No one can tell you what it's like to have fused vertebrae. You'll likely feel some stiffness. That might be temporary, or it might be permanent. You may or may not feel a loss in flexibility.

    Not sure what you mean by pain compared to other surgeries. Are you asking about other spine surgeries or other types of surgery?

    Not sure I did anything to deal with pain beyond taking medication or changing position. I just got through it.

    While my center of balance may have changed, I didn't have to learn how to walk.

    Recovery sucked for about a month, but got easier as time went by.

    --Linda
    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

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    reno,nevada
    Posts
    4,395
    Quote Originally Posted by Scoliatic View Post
    Fellow humans, I am going to have final fusion this summer and am nervous about it and wish to know more about it from people who have survived the operation.
    How long were people in the hospital recovering?
    How long did they just lay on the couch or bed doing nothing at home?
    What is it like to have your vertebrae fused?
    Can you feel the difference afterwards?
    Did recovery hurt more than other surgery's?
    How did you deal with the pain?
    Did it shift your center of balance so you had to relearn how to walk? (Happened to me when I first got my rods)
    How was recovery?

    Those are all of my questions. As you can see I am very curios and want to be prepared. I will make sure to buy myself a nice ling video game to play while I recover and will try to be ready for the long recovery.
    10 days in the hospital.

    Couch? ouch... (Smiley face) I did a LOT of walking....many short walks, no long walks. No laying around all day.

    What is it like to have your vertebrae fused? Seems simple, but a really tough question. Stiff but mostly in the spine area. Look at my twisting photos in my signature, you can see me twisting around pretty far.

    One thing we feel after surgeries with big curves is that we stand taller. I really noticed this. What's really interesting is that you are now taller than a lot of people you know. The stunned looks on their faces tells it all since they now have to look up at you. What happened to you? Just say surgery. You know, surgery. (smiley face)

    They actually do shin extension surgeries to increase height. They are expensive, and we get that height increase for free!

    Recovery was a challenge, for highest pain ever, my kidney stone was the most pain I have ever felt.

    For pain you take meds

    I had no problems walking at all. Standing was probably my most comfortable position, so I stood a lot.

    You will adapt and get better. Young people do better on surgeries.

    Ed
    49 yr old male, now 62, the new 63...
    Pre surgery curves T70,L70
    ALIF/PSA 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
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/showt...on.&highlight=

    My x-rays
    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...2&d=1228779214

    http://www.scoliosis.org/forum/attac...3&d=1228779258

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •