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almost 90 days post op

maybaby05mmaybaby05 Posts: 23
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hello, I am almost 90 days post op. I had a fusion from T10-S1. The recovery has been a long, winding road. I start PT in Nov. I am still on all restrictions. My mobility is good, still using a cane. My dr ordered a bone growth stimulator. I have pain in my lower back and really achy in my hips (my spine is anchored to my pelvis/hips). My employer is anxious for me to come back but my dr is saying he wants me off for a total of 6 months. My goal is to go back by the end of next month. Is this realistic? Any advice for recovery?


  • You have such a lot of healing to do.

    I'd encourage you to go with your doctor's advice - 6 months is not an unrealistic time to be off work, especially for such a huge surgery. You must be such a good worker seeing as your employer wants you back as soon as.

    Do keep taking it easy so that you have lots of little milestones.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
  • Thanks Trish! Just kind of worried about loosing my job but at the same time, more worried about going back too soon and hindering my health and recovery.
  • I, too, would go with your surgeon's recommendation. The last thing you want is to complicate your recovery or cause another issue.

    You had a huge surgery and fusions take so long to recover from. Before my first fusion, my surgeon told me it would take 6-12 months to heal. After my surgery, he said 12-18 months.

    I really didn't believe him, thinking, yes, but not for me. I'm young(ish), strong, athletic and healthy....WRONG! It really did take that long and I was just getting there when I had this fusion.

    Take your time. Heal completely! Wishing you the very best!
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