Upcoming spinal surgery help
I am going to have spinal surgery October 10th, 2012, to have titanium rods put in my spine with a wedge in my lower back to help straighten my spine and help decrease back pain. The surgeon told me he would start with level one T5 through S1 and he told me that he wouldn't know for sure until he actually operates on me about whether I would need more or not. He said it would be major surgery and that I would be in the hospital for at least 4 to 5 days and then have a long postoperative recovery time. I had a Harrington rod in my spine for 32 years and that was removed May 9th of this year due to the rod slipping and it destroying facet joints, disks, and bone. I experience a lot of lower back pain and especially upper back pain, which is sometimes excruciating. He told me he felt this surgery would help a lot with the pain. Any help would be appreciated on what I can expect after surgery would be appreciated?