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How much pain is there after lumbar surgery?

Six weeks ago, I had an anterior fusion of S1 to L3.  Next week I will have posterior fusion and laminectomy of
S1-T10.  I had a moderate amount of pain with the first surgery since I had an abdominal access.  The back pain was not bad at all.  How good or bad is the pain with a posterior access?  Does the surgeon cut muscle?  (I forgot to ask.)  I have a 45 degree scoliosis curve, degenerative disc disease, arthritis, stenosis ,etc.  I believe the first surgery was very successful and am looking forward to more positive results.
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Because there's much less tissue in the way, there is generally a lot less pain with posterior back surgery than with anterior back surgery.

That's a lot of levels you're having done. Best wishes with the operation. I hope you get a lot of pain relief and stability from these procedures.
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