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Sex question

I'm not trying to be crude or anything. My wife and I are curious - how long after surgery until we can have sex? I'm getting a TLIF L5S1 on Jan 31.
Getting L5 S1 foraminotomy, and fusion with 4 bolts and 2 rods on 01/31/2013. Pars defect at L5, little to no disc between L5 S1, grade 2 stenosis at L5, pinched nerves.


  • Well that will depend on the level of pain you are in i would guess , Unless they fused your penis to your l5s1 and as long as you can get it up you good to go lol.

    You will know when your body is up for the chalange , Back brace helps hold spine steady so whatever you can do with backbrace and not stress the fusion all is fine,

    But i am prety sure right after the fusion sex will be the last thing you will be thinking about ,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Being a female I had to wait a couple of months, because of the jarring effect. Alex is right your body will definitely let you know if you have gone to far. I agree sex is going to be in the back of your mind after you have had your surgery. I wish you well with your surgery. Hope your recovery goes smoothly.
    Discectomies 05/08 and 04/11, fusions L4-5 Feb 9,2012 and L3-L4 June 28,2012, Staph infection washout 3/2/2012, Bulged L5-S1. SCS trial on January 17th, 2014, which was a success! Permanent SCS on February 20th.
  • Just think of it as hibernation! I wasn't ready until about the three month point. Unfortunately then, we discovered surgery caused some serious side effects that now requires me to take the little blue pill first. I had an ALIF, so you should be fine.

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
  • In my case due to having the ADR surgery and they went in from the front, I was made aware this surgery can sometimes cause issues of some sort with the sexual function, They said it can be fixed if it hapens so i was very concerned over it so i personaly did have sex very soon after the surgery but we were of course very careful,

    Everything was ok so at least that was 1 less worry ,
    But after my fusion cant realy remember how soon i had sex as fusion took a lot more out of me then the ADR surgery,
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
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