Upcoming Lumbar Fusion L5-S1
I am trying to prepare for my Lumbarr fusion/laminectomy/discectomy/L5S1 next week and hoping to get some specifics on what to expect pre vs post op, what are the first few days like, what can I do to prepare at home, recovery time, etc. I'm going in with a positive attitude as I understand outcomes vary greatly for each person.
I would appreciate as much specific info as I can get. I have my cardio clearance appt. tomorrow and waiting for my pre-op appt with my neuro surgeon. Completed 1of 2 pre-op appts. With the hospital and have my second one on Monday. Surgery is Wednesday. I have a few questions including if a bone stimulator can be used with a cardiac pacemaker? And, did anyone have problems getting their pain under control during initial recovery due to prior pain management treatment ( I am on a 10 mg Butrans patch & 20 mg oxymorphone)? My pain management dr does not have rights at the hospital I'm having surgery at so I'm a little worried. Looking forward to a chance of less pain and a more active lifestyle soon!