5 level lumbar fusion
Has anyone else had, or know anyone who has had, 5 level lumbar fusion? I had this surgery on Jan 5, 2011. This was my second surgery. I originally hurt my back lifting at work. Tried all other options, including pain meds, anti-inflammatories, physical therapy, and epidural injections. First surgery was only a diskectomy on L4-L5. The pain after the fusion was awful. I was in the hospital for 6 days. The pain for the first month was pretty bad. Simple things were very tough to do. At about 2 months post-op I started feeling better. But I still have a long way to go. Cannot drive for too long either. Standing still is also not too good. Walking does not feel too bad. Still very stiff though. My surgeon said 5 level fusions are very rare. So I am just wondering if anyone has any knowledge of this surgery. Thanks.