How long ddid your surgery actually take & what was your recovery like?
Hello peoples! :)
I'm so glad this forum exists! I have learned a lot so far and I really appreciate everyone's input, be it good or bad! I wanted to pick your brains because I'll likely be having surgery soon!
So, here's my situation, latest MRI:
* Spondylolisthesis (Grade 2-3)
* Spondylolysis (Pars /defect fractures - bilateral)
* Ruptured L5 disc
* Severe compression of both L5 Nerve roots (+ assoc. leg pain)
* Plus, DDD to top it off.
I've done all the conservative stuff possible.
I've been dealing with this for years and I've recently had the worst flare up I've ever had. So, now, my neurosurgeon says that ultimately, the corrective surgery has to be done ( Posterior, 2 level fusion - L4-S1), however he says I'm the one that has to make the final decision as to when I'm ready to do it.
I've pretty much reached that point where I'm thinking of getting it done in January (I finish my Master's degree in December), since it has to be done and just get it over with.
So this is why I'm hoping to hear more about what you guys have individually experienced and in a similar or same spinal surgery.
Like, I want to hear about your experience... I have questions like, how long your actual surgery took in the OR, how long you were in the hospital, when you were able to take a shower, did you have a catheter, did they manage your pain okay, when they let you get up and try to walk, what was your experience in the hospital that first week, how the first few months were, if you had any complications, etc.
I really hope you'll share what you've experienced in your process. It will really help me, so I'll have a more accurate idea of what I might expect..
Thank you in advance! :)