I am now fused from. T4-pelvis. It is a big adjustment as I cannot bend from the waist and I still have pain and discomfort, but this is a 18 month recovery. I had severe pain from scoliosis for years. I have to wait and see how I feel in a year or so before I will be totally satisfied with the surgery, although the pain from before surgery is gone. I have to use devices to pick things up off the floor, dress myself and put my socks on... I feel like I am adapting.
I would like to hear from others who have had an extensive fusion and tell me your experience.