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One Week Post-Op Questions

Hello, I had been a frequent poster/reader of this forum before, during and after my L3-L4,L4-L5 TLIF in December 2010.

Last week, after months of new pain and issues, I had an L5-S1 foraminotomy/foranimectomy (not sure which one) to relieve pressure on the right side nerve root due to stenosis/compression shown by my MRI. This was suggested by my doctor after considering a new fusion at L5-S1. He did say post-Op the that disc is herniated but not very bad so this was probably the right decision as even after just a week, symptoms are much improved even after just a week, other than some expected residual nerve and surgical pain.

To my real question for this post; what have other people experienced pre and post surgery regarding driving or riding in a car? in the weeks before the procedure riding in a car, in particular one with less lumbar support, was very difficult for any longer than 5 minutes without the pain spiking tremendously. After feeling pretty good the last couple days, went for a ride as a passenger and this same terrible pain returned. It almost completely goes away after standing or walking for 5 minutes or so.

Just looking for any advice from the forum on handling pain driving or riding in a car post-op. I'm figuring in a car with better lumbar support or with a lumber pillow it might be better but I've yet to try this.

Any comments or experiences are greatly appreciated.


  • What has worked well for me is reclining the seat weather I am driving or a passenger reclining works for me! I should note that I have a big suburban that is really tall and easy to get in and out off!!! Good luck to you!
    L5-S1 anterior/posterior 360 fusion Aug 2013
    Grade 2 spondy, Severe DDD L5-S1
    L4 Facet arthritis
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