I'm getting an ALIF L-5/S-1 with possible PLIF (waiting to hear) on August 6th 2009. Was supposed to be a TDR but after approving, insurance denied the claim. I have DDD, spiral (torsional) scoliosis, and L-5 stress fractures.
If there are any athletic people out there who've had fusions, I'd love to find out about recovery and returning to athletic activities. I work as a psychologist and also as a snowboard instructor and don't want to have to give up teaching.
Although I just finished PT for a shoulder reconstruction, I'm in pretty good shape, am exercising and doing PT daily. Any suggestions for recovery would be great.