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anterior posterior lumbar interbody fusion

naduxa79nnaduxa79 Posts: 2
edited 10/12/2015 - 8:14 AM in Recovering from Surgery

I am sure this topic was discussed before, but I have specific questions. I am a female ,36 with lower back problem. Tried physical therapy, chiro treatment, epidurals but nothing helps even 50%. Was seen by spine surgeon last week who said that I went to far and now need anterior posterior lumbar interbody fusion. My questions is, what is the recovery? He told me 3 days hospital stay, then one to three weeks home and up to 6 month of full recovery. I am single mom who supports 2 kids and is afraid to loose job due to being out for long time. Anybody went through the same procedure? How soon will I be able to get back to work?

Thank you everybody for any information.


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  • I'm having a similar procedure in a few weeks, so unfortunately I can't really answer the question.... yet.
    In general I think it will depend on the type of job you do and that sort of thing.
  • I have run for more than forty years, or let us say I started running competitively in Jr. High School. I have always loved it, and could not stop, because my legs would remind me that I needed to run (sort of like muscular twitching). Maybe it was psychological, but I ran at lest 2 days a week, usually 3 or 4 days, if not more with a group of people when I was working in the Foreign Service. I ran in the Andes, well only Ecuador, but being there 7 years at 2,830 meters (world's 2 highest capital after La Paz), it was amazing.

    Fast forward 30 years, 3 compression fractures. bacterial infection all over my body and maybe in my back, but I am still running, but running with a pain (good and bad days, so to speak). I am recovering from this same operation, or one similar, and do not look forward to being able to avoid a lot of pain in my future. I have to learn to live with it. I can live for my growing family of grand children, but may have to move South of the Border to live without too much pain, when my body goes on me. I am learning coping mechanisms, but it is not really just in my head,

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