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I'm wondering anyone can tell me what kinds of restrictions will you have after an open TLIF? When my doctor talked with me I wasn't expecting I would need a fusion. I wasn't prepared with all of the questions I have now. Thanks for any info you can share with me.


  • I had minimally invasive surgery 4 weeks ago at L5. My surgeon has me on no bending, lifting,twisting or sitting for than 15 minutes for 8weeks. I'm limited with lifting, no more than 2-3kg for first 6 weeks, then 5kg for 6 months. I'm also not allowed to return to work (I work as an assistant in special school) for a minimum of 3 months.
    I'm currently walking up to 3kms a day, daily physio exercises and hydrotherapy every second day. I'm also not allowed to drive until he gives me clearance at my follow up appointment which is later this week.
    I had thought I'd have 2 incisions around 4cms long but woke up with 1 incision about 10cms long.

    I hope this helps even though the surgery isn't quite the same. I contacted my surgeon several times before my surgery & asked questions. I'm sure your dr wouldn't mind if you rang them.

    Microdiscectomy L5S1 January 2014
    Microdiscectomy L5S1 March 2014
    Fusion L5S1 11th August 2014
  • Thanks Veronica! I also work with people who have a developmental disability. I'm a supervisor for a home where people who have a developmental disability live. I'm not sure how long before I will go back to work... currently, i'm still working 40 hours. Although, it's very difficult. My Dr. said 4-6 weeks.. I will have to see how things progress. I work 40 minutes away from where I live.. I wonder how sitting for that long to drive will be. I think I will call my Doctor now that I have had time to let it sink in, I have lots of questions. Did you need a bone graph... I'm not sure if my doctor takes it from my pelvis or uses one that isn't from me.. What about pain after wards.. is it horrible and for how long...
  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 09/08/2014 - 7:46 AM
    Those are questions you need to get answers from from your surgeon. At the top of the forums and in the FAQ ( frequently asked questions section) there are a couple of links and threads that discuss questions you should ask your surgeon before having surgery. You should have another preop appointment to go over the surgery, and ask any questions you may have prior to your surgery date.
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