Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Went to the Darkside and turned on a flashlight!
I have S1-L5-L4-L3 roded and screwed, and discs removed and bone grafted.
My surgery was rough. I would not have ridden a bike for a year, I was scared.
Note that they will make you get up and walk the day after the surgery.
My main regret is that I was scared to use donor bone for the graft portion. They took a plate of bone from inside my pelvis, and that site was excruciatingly painful, at least as bad as the surgery. I would always take the donor bone in the future.
My time to where the general dull pain was 90% gone was two years. But nothing acute since. That was 2002.
PS, it will help to be married! You will need some legs and arms for a couple of weeks after the surgery.
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