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Which surgery takes longer to recover from

An ACDF or a minimally invasive fusion of L4/5?
In your experience...as I know that we are fellow spinal pain sufferers and not medical practitioners.

I have heard that lumbar fusion is a longer recovery but the orthopedic doctor who wants to do a bilateral laminectomy and fusion of L4/5 is telling me that the recovery time is shorter for the lumbar fusion.



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,832
    of minimally invasive always comes into play .

    That word needs to be defined and clarified for all. I guess in a perfect world with a perfect minimally invasive surgery and the perfect patient, that recovery could be less than the ACDF fusion.

    Just seems that there are so many additional factors when it comes to lumbar surgery. Too many unknowns or un-sure-off
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
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