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What is the recovery time ALIF and PLIF fusion

MLT01MMLT01 Posts: 172
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:32 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I was wondering if someone can tell me honestly what I should expect from the ALIF and PLIF Fusion? I'm a bit nervous on this



  • ALIF vs PLIF or 360 (both)? I've had a PLIF and a 360. My PLIF was 2 levels and my 360 was 1 level, but had scar tissue to go through. With my PLIF, I went back to work at 7 wks (1/2 days) and FT at 8 wks. With my 360, I'm almost 7 wks and I will be 1/2 days for 2 weeks and then FT. I could be moving faster back to work, but since it's my 2nd surgery, I'm taking my time. I've improved at about the same rate, but the 360 was worse immediately post op. Hope this helps!? Oh, about work...I'm an RN in a physician's office. I stand and sit about equally with minimal lifting.
  • Thank you for taking the time to respond!! I was just wondering how long it would be for me because I'm a mother of two children ages 6 and 4.. Not sure how limited I would be for them!!!

    Thank you again
    Maria :0)
  • I had a three level fusion that was supposed to be a PLIF, but they couldn't get my discs out due to too much scar tissue. I had to stay in the hospital for four more days and have the discs removed and the interbody fusions done from the front. The recovery took at least six months - just now getting back to feeling well. If you've only got one level, you might have a much shorter recovery.


    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • I have teenagers that can fend for themselves, but little ones will be rough. I'm sure someone will come along with younger children and give you an idea of what it's like. You will need someone to take care of them completely for your 1st week home. From there you may be able to do little things, but you won't be able to lift them until like 6 months or later. :( I know that I wasn't up for anything until about my 3rd week home.
    Hopefully you can hook up with another fusion mommy with young ones. :) Take Care!
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