L3-L5 back fusion, minimum invasive!


#1

I had to have a back fusion due to an automobile accident so that was the end game of an exhausting year of different forms of treatment. I am looking for any input, suggestions and or something that may speed the healing process up because I have already been out of the gym too long. Any help or input would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!


#2

@Ironsavage I wish I could offer you some help but I have never had a sever back injury. I am replying because I am considering a C4-C7 fusion surgery and I will follow your thread for any responses to your request that may help us both.

Godspeed bro and I am hoping you have a full recovery!


#3

My mother is actually going to get the laser surgery done on some disks in her back. Im not sure which ones but how are you feeling?
Do you believe that this surgery helped?
Im really curious because ive only known one person who has gone through a back surgery and they put metal in him.
He will tell anyone not to get the surgery because he feels that the surgery actually made it worse for him.
He could of had a bad surgeon or just a really bad injury compared to others.
When my mother just told me that she was going to do this surgery I kinda freaked out because of what my buddy said.
My mother isn’t having metal put in but I still worry about how it will effect her.
I would love to hear more about your experience and opinion.
Thanks
BIGMURPH


#4

I know a lot of people that have regretted back surgeries. I have an L5 disk slipped right now and 6 weeks of rehab left. It really sucks but physical therapy helps alot. My father needs a fusion also but other doctors steered him away from it and just physical therapy which he says is helping him alot now. At first he didnt get much from it but now he says pain is almost all gone.


#5

Any time you have to be cut into your body will never be the same. Adhesions form to protect the injured area and that causes a lot of problems even after the wound has healed. I would say try everything leaving surgery as the very last option. Muscular and physical therapy can do a fantastic job at reducing the pain and making you more limber ultimately feeling much better


#6

No going back from the knife. Also, no guarantee you will wake up from the drugs that put you down…


#7

I had the surgery already and on my way to recovering. However, I had to be hospitalized a few days later from complications but I am good now. My back actually feels better at 3 weeks so I am feeling positive about the surgery but here’s the twist, several nerves were compressed from blood clots, leaving my legs numb after a second surgery to drain the blood from the nerve sack. The good thing is that the nerves were not damaged so I am expected to make a full recovery. If I can squat, dead lift again and strengthen my entire body with no to really minimum pain sign me up so the temporary numbness is nothing. I have two 1 1/2 inch cuts on my lower lumbar, the doctor went through the muscle causing minimum damage and reduced recovery time by months. The first week after the second surgery, I was up walking with some pain, second week I told the nurse to take me off the hydro morphine pump & percocet 7.5 so I can feel the pain so could assess where I am and how far away from full recovery, third week walking longer distance, got out of the hospital, drove myself to the store & shopped, only taking muscle relaxers going into the fourth week tomorrow. This is just to inform my brothers that yes there are risk we take everyday in life & some risk we embrace and others we run from but when you miss the smell of the gym and 4 plates slamming together on the flat, incline & decline then yes, I am going to get the surgery done but that’s just me I’m willing to take that chance because I crave and starving to be that man again so I’m willing to do whatever it takes! So yes, I had to have a second emergency surgery but all I could thinking about was hitting the gym hard and it is still worth it to me. Had I not had that minor set back, I believe I would have been in the gym working with light weight. I guess what I’m saying is that everyone’s body is different and there are a lot of key factors that play into your recovery. If you drink or smoke, these things cause your body to reject the fusion. I don’t drink but the second surgery was merely a rare case and doesn’t happen often. Anyway, I’ve rambled on enough but just wanted to share my experience. Stay safe, strong & pumped my brothers! I will recovery and will be back stronger than ever, nothing can hold me down or break me because my mind and body connection is strong!


#8

I had the surgery already and on my way to recovering. However, I had to be hospitalized a few days later from complications but I am good now. My back actually feels better at 3 weeks so I am feeling positive about the surgery but here’s the twist, several nerves were compressed from blood clots, leaving my legs numb after a second surgery to drain the blood from the nerve sack. The good thing is that the nerves were not damaged so I am expected to make a full recovery. If I can squat, dead lift again and strengthen my entire body with no to really minimum pain sign me up so the temporary numbness is nothing. I have two 1 1/2 inch cuts on my lower lumbar, the doctor went through the muscle causing minimum damage and reduced recovery time by months. The first week after the second surgery, I was up walking with some pain, second week I told the nurse to take me off the hydro morphine pump & percocet 7.5 so I can feel the pain so could assess where I am and how far away from full recovery, third week walking longer distance, got out of the hospital, drove myself to the store & shopped, only taking muscle relaxers going into the fourth week tomorrow. This is just to inform my brothers that yes there are risk we take everyday in life & some risk we embrace and others we run from but when you miss the smell of the gym and 4 plates slamming together on the flat, incline & decline then yes, I am going to get the surgery done but that’s just me I’m willing to take that chance because I crave and starving to be that man again so I’m willing to do whatever it takes! So yes, I had to have a second emergency surgery but all I could thinking about was hitting the gym hard and it is still worth it to me. Had I not had that minor set back, I believe I would have been in the gym working with light weight. I guess what I’m saying is that everyone’s body is different and there are a lot of key factors that play into your recovery. If you drink or smoke, these things cause your body to reject the fusion. I don’t drink but the second surgery was merely a rare case and doesn’t happen often. Anyway, I’ve rambled on enough but just wanted to share my experience. Stay safe, strong & pumped my brothers! I will recovery and will be back stronger than ever, nothing can hold me down or break me because my mind and body connection is strong!


#9

I had the surgery already and on my way to recovering. However, I had to be hospitalized a few days later from complications but I am good now. My back actually feels better at 3 weeks so I am feeling positive about the surgery but here’s the twist, several nerves were compressed from blood clots, leaving my legs numb after a second surgery to drain the blood from the nerve sack. The good thing is that the nerves were not damaged so I am expected to make a full recovery. If I can squat, dead lift again and strengthen my entire body with no to really minimum pain sign me up so the temporary numbness is nothing. I have two 1 1/2 inch cuts on my lower lumbar, the doctor went through the muscle causing minimum damage and reduced recovery time by months. The first week after the second surgery, I was up walking with some pain, second week I told the nurse to take me off the hydro morphine pump & percocet 7.5 so I can feel the pain so could assess where I am and how far away from full recovery, third week walking longer distance, got out of the hospital, drove myself to the store & shopped, only taking muscle relaxers going into the fourth week tomorrow. This is just to inform my brothers that yes there are risk we take everyday in life & some risk we embrace and others we run from but when you miss the smell of the gym and 4 plates slamming together on the flat, incline & decline then yes, I am going to get the surgery done but that’s just me I’m willing to take that chance because I crave and starving to be that man again so I’m willing to do whatever it takes! So yes, I had to have a second emergency surgery but all I could thinking about was hitting the gym hard and it is still worth it to me. Had I not had that minor set back, I believe I would have been in the gym working with light weight. I guess what I’m saying is that everyone’s body is different and there are a lot of key factors that play into your recovery. If you drink or smoke, these things cause your body to reject the fusion. I don’t drink but the second surgery was merely a rare case and doesn’t happen often. Anyway, I’ve rambled on enough but just wanted to share my experience. Stay safe, strong & pumped my brothers! I will recovery and will be back stronger than ever, nothing can hold me down or break me because my mind and body connection is strong!


#10

I appreciate you sharing this


#11

I had a micro disectomy on L4-L5 about 10 years ago after PT and rest wasn’t successful. Anyone considering back surgery must be cognizant of the level of experience and track record of the neurosurgeon …NOT an orthopedic doctor! Living is a major city in the northeast has its benefits, tons of great doctors and facilities. I spent a year researching and was able to get an appointment with one of the best in the country. Needless to say, pain free for 10 years and was back lifting at full capacity 6 months post surgery…in the gym going light 4 weeks post surgery. In summary…the doctor is key… great back, brain, and heart doctors are so critical to a successful experience.


#12

Thats awesome to hear bro and very inspirational! We are all pulling for you to be back to 100% just take your time and only move forward when possible. You are a true warrior in your mentality and your outlook is amazing. I respect you sharing your story with us and wish you the very best in your healing and recovery :muscle:t2:


#13

My father had the metal plate. But that was all they offered at the time. Now they can do so much more like replacing the discs, etc.

Following thread. As i have injuries in this area as well.


#14

Sorry for the delay on the updates but I’ve been focusing all my energy on healing & strengthening my core stability.
My back is feeling better and stronger than ever, all most pain free, no pain pills, etc for almost a month so I am moving ahead of my 100% date of 2-3 months and crushing my surgeons 6-8months. I am doing push ups, side planks, planks, body squats, calve raises with body weight and walking a half mile now, nothing fancy and nothing twisting or anything that may irritate my back.
I personally would look into a full fusion before getting a disk replaced and here’s why, that disk could also eventually turn into a bulging and or ruptured disk.
I had the two disk completely removed, medal spacer placed in between, with bone marrow, 4 rods and eight screws so when the bones fuse, it’s one solid bone, making it stronger and more durable than a disk.
I would not advise you to allow a orthopedic surgeon to do the surgery because they’re bone speacialist, I would look for a good Neurosurgeon because they specialize in the nervous system and this will increase your chance of a speedy recovery without any complications.
I’m not telling anyone what to do just simply offering my two sense.
Never the less, stay strong, healthy and safe my brother!


#15

Im really glad to hear that you are doing well and I wish you a fast and strong recovery brother.