Choose your surgeon CAREFULLY. Check your state database and find out how many suits, if any, he/she has had. Ask for recs from operating room nurses - to whom would they send their mothers or fathers or husband or whatever. Ask for outcomes - percentages. Likely you won't get these, but medicare is putting more pressure on docs to supply this kind of info. There is a huge difference in skill level. There are some sites - vitals.com, healthgrades.com, ratemds.com etc. that may help, but don't believe all you read, as these can receive false reports.
A friend of ours was butchered - took a 2 month hospital stay and corrective surgery by another surgeon, and she is till incontinent. A check of our state's database revealed 2 suits against this surgeon from another state. So, of course, he moved to another state.
That said, I had an L4-L5 fusion about 3 years ago. My doc invents and uses some new technologies, now available on the market. Extremely well respected amongst his peers. I was walking the day of the surgery, walked a mile the next morning, and was out of there. No problems, but I know the rest of my back is not in great shape.
I was bicycling on the mountain bike in 18 days, I believe
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