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Spinal fusion at age 77

Started by erikankimm on 08/13/2011 9:48am

I was wondering how long the recovery time is for this surgery. My dad is 77 and he had this surgery 8/10/2011. It is now 8/13/2011 and he want to get the staples out of his back. He also has COPD.

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Not knowing what type of surgery he had, the healing time is hard to know. At your dad's age, healing is generally slower anyway. Ask the doctor at the follow up visit, or if you need to know sooner, call his/her office and ask to talk to an assistant or someone who will know more about your dads case to explain the healing process.

As for removing the staples: it's only been 3 days. The staples will be removed WHEN the surgeon says they will be. A follow up appointment should already be scheduled. Ask your dad where all his discharge paperwork is. Do NOT take them out. It sounds like your dad is being impatient, as my Father-in-Law was at that age. Please give him a hug and tell him he has to wait for the doctor to remove them.


He had Posterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion. Things have calmed down he is doing better. I still worry that he won't heal fast.


That looks like my first fusion. Didn't anyone go with him to the appointments for this surgery? Some one should have gone with him to hear what he should expect. I suggest you call his surgeons office and ask your questions.

I was 48 when I had my 1st fusion, L4-L5 . I was told it takes a year to completely heal with NO complications. The first couple of months were the most intense time. I did what I was instructed to do, walk, walk, rest, eat well, wear my brace, don't bend, oh ya, and walk. This is why I say call your dads surgeons office. They can tell you what to expect for your dad. Tell them you feel you need to clearly understand what to do and what to expect to help your dad heal well.

I wish you both the very best.