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TommyDTTommyD Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:46 AM in New Member Introductions
Hi all I am Tommy im new to the site and was wondering if anyone could help me with a question. I am about to have a surgical consult for either fusion of vertebra or disc replacement in lumbar spine, and was wondering from others experience which is the best way to go and how long of a recovery time i should expect for these surgeries? I really appreciate any help or answers i can get.


  • Welcome to Spine-Health. You can find a lot of articles and videos on both of the options you've mentioned on this site to give you an idea of what each is about. You'll also find a lot of support and friendship on the forums, but it's impossible for any of us to say what procedure is right for you. Only your surgeon can tell you that.

    I can tell you that any spine surgery comes with a fairly long recovery, but it really varies from person to person. My TLIF recovery has gone pretty much "by the book" in that the pre-op symptoms are gone and I'm back to playing golf, but I have some days where I experience more pain than others. These flairs usually come when I carry something heavy (like laundry or the groceries into the house) or stand more than 45 minutes or so.

    Below, I've copied some links that might help you (they came from our FAQ section, and you might want to check out that section for or information).



    Please tell us more about what happening to you, how long have you been fighting with spine problems, what level(s) do they want to work on, and what symptoms have you been experiencing?

    It's nice to have you join our group and please keep us posted on what your doc says, ok?

  • Just wanted to say welcome and you'll find lots of good information here. You may even find you have more options to inquire about to learn more on your situation.

    What level are you hurt at?
    I think the links from Cath are great way to start learning. There are several approaches to fusion (front....ALIF, back...PLIF, back/side TLIF, then there are others like XLIF). I will try to search on the ADR (Articial Disc Replacement threads).

    Depending on what country you are in, some options are more 'widely' accepted than others and it depends on your situation (age, diagnosis, symptoms, etc).

    I've had 2 microdiscectomies for a herniated disc at L5-S1...mainly because they were options to me over a fusion (which was also an option).

    Let us know what questions you have. We aren't medical professionals but we certainly have a wide range of experiences to share.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. you have already been given some good info about your upcoming procedure! i want to wish you the best of luck and all the best for a complete recovery.. this could be your opportunity to become pain free!! please be sure and get more than one opinion when it comes to surgery.. you want to be as prepared as possible.. stop by anytime! Jenny :)
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