about how long should one expect to be out of work after having a fusion? I am mostly self employed, but I also have a part time job which I very much need to keep. I just took time off to have a micro diskectomy that didn't work, & I think I'm looking at a possible fusion in my future. I'm afraid the fusion surgery will cause me to lose my part time job with needing so much time off again (the micro d was 8 weeks ago). It's not a particularly active job, I work as a librarian. Although my full time job, where I'm self-employed, is as a professional horse trainer and riding instructor. not particularly sure how I'm going to manage a needing so much time off from my full time job, but I think I can get people to cover for me here at my farm. Although the thought of having a fusion and potentially never being able to ride again terrifies the crap out of me.