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Transforaminal Lumbar Fusion

I am 10 months post-op from Lumbar fusion. I had my x-ray at my 6 month post op appointment and was not starting to fuse at that point. I go for my year check up early November and having a CT scan prior to the appointment. Does it seem normal not to have started to fuse at that point? I have some soreness still but overall I feel so much better than I did pre-surgery. I'm afraid to overdo it as I'm not sure about the fusing process yet.
I hope that I don't have to face revision surgery?



  • Brejim:

    Everyone grows bone at a different rate. Some soon, but slow. Others late and then fast.

    My experience with a TLIF (L4-S1) was evidence of bone growth at 6 weeks and good pain relief. Then my pain returned and never left. Pictures continued to show a fusion. At one year my insurance company authorized a bone growth stimulator. I wore that for about 9 months and then my surgeon declared me a pseudoarthrosis (failed fusion). I was stubborn and waited another 9 months but then submitted to a revision. That was in early June of this year.

    My second fusion was not as painful as my first. Also, since I was declared a high risk fusion candidate I began wearing the bone growth stimulator immediately after this surgery. Again, at 6 weeks post surgery x-rays showed bone growth.

    So my answer to your question is WHO KNOWS?

    Feeling good is paramount. Follow the surgeon's guidance and keep your fingers crossed.

    I wish you luck.

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