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Will I be able to return to work after L4-S1 fusion
I am scheduled for minimally invasive lumbar fusion for L4- S1 through posterior side on May 23. My doctor said I will only have a few 1-2 inch incisions and no muscles will need to be cut. He stated I will be out of work for 12 weeks.
I work as a pediatic occupational therapist with patients with cerebral palsy, seizure disorders, autism, brain tumors, etc. They range in age from newborn to 15. Half of my case load I am very hands on, sometimes having to physically restrain if they are being a danger to them selves or others until they calm, completing hand manipulation, lifting patients on and off of tables, toilets, equipment.
Has anyone had this surgery and been able to return after 12 weeks to a moderatly physical job? just want to know what to expect.
Thank you for any advice, wisdom, experience you may have.