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Spondylolisthesis and DDD

Spine Health | Last Active: Jan 21, 2020 | Replies (64)

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Hi Guys! It's done and over with and I'm doing great! I stayed 2 nights in hospital. I couldn't tolerate the heavy drugs so went on a schedule of Ibuprofen and Tylenol 2 days after the surgery and that's all I need to manage the pain. I'm already walking well, dressing myself, and taking care of bathroom duties. The surgeons say the surgery went great. They fused L5-S1, laminectomy, spacer, and titanium rods and screws L5-S1 as well as my iliac crests. The material for the spacer came partly from bone from my hip and a donor. The donor thing was a surprise. They gave me paperwork to fill out and send a thank you note to the family. So glad it's behind me, thank you so much for your encouragement and support through my decision making process. You don't know how much I appreciate it.

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@red3 Ruth Anne, It's great to hear from you. Get lots of rest. I have donor bone too. At about 6 weeks because of healing things tightened up for me, and it was a while before I could do stretching and physical therapy. I don't know if you'll experience that. I'm glad your pain is manageable. Isn't that a nice surprise? As humans, we kind of expect the worst pain from surgery, and find that we can do this and manage on our own. I didn't do well on pain medicines either and found I could do without and was better off. I'm glad you found comfort here in our community and you are on the mend.

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