6 month after MIS TLIF

6 month after MIS TLIF

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Rapp0378
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6 month after MIS TLIF

This saturday will be 6 months since my TLIF. I feel great! I actually went running yesterday (only for a short bit) for the first time since I ruptured the disc back in Dec of 08. I had a microdiscectomy in March of 09. It worked for a few months but the pain returned. I was a firefighter during this time, so im sure that didnt help. Anyway, i ruptured the disc again March of 2011. Worst pain of my life, couldnt stand straight or walk more then 10 yards. Horrific pain. I new i had to do something, so i started researching options. I spent about 45,604 hours online, visited about 6 surgeons. Finally was faced with two options. Have another discectomy or get it fused. I went with the fusion for reasons i will share if anyone is interested.

To make a really long story short, i have been in hell every since the first injury in 08 until NOW. I really feel great. I have had some bad days, which mainly just consists of soreness in the muscle they went threw if i over do things. I definately know ive had spine surgery. However its night and day from before. No nerve pain at all. I work out 4-5 days a week. Swim, walk, use the stairmaster, all kinds of things.

My recovery even in the early months was really, really great. So i was told by others. I credit most of that to the surgeon. I cannot explain how amazing the man is. He has a special method of doing the TLIF. If anoyone is near Jacksonville just send me a private message and I will tell you all about him. Anyway, just thought id give an update and send a positive message out into the universe. Hope everyone feels better soon.

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Awesome to hear good results

Awesome to hear good results from surgery like this one. You read so many bad results or FBSS that it just makes you want to cry at the possible outcomes of getting better, so good to hear Rapp0378.

That's one thing I need to discuss in a little more detail with my neurosurgeon is his thoughts or views on minimally invasive TLIF and whether he utilizes that or not. In the end it's what the surgeon is comfortable/skilled with but still it makes a difference on healing.

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cactusred- Thanks! When i

cactusred- Thanks! When i was laid up for months I would come on here and search for positive stories. There were several that i would read over and over, especially before i went in for surgery. Positive thoughts definately help with healing also.

I understand what you are saying about your surgeon. If you are able, try and talk with a few other surgeons that do Minammaly Invasive TLIF'S. I personally believe there is a HUGE difference. I followed many other people on here that had regular TLIF's the same time i had mine and the recovery was night and day. Again, i can suggest a fantastic surgeon in Jacksonville. This guy is no doubt one of the best in the world, and if you research his credentials you will understand why. I actually spoke to someone from Holland about him, they did research and came all the way here to have him do the procedure. I wish you the best and hope you have a speedy recovery!

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Thank you

I can't say it enough THANK YOU for coming back and posting your positive experience it DOES give me hope for a successful procedure. I am get a MIS TLIF on May 7th. I have also heard recovery is drastically different when you have minimally invasive.

Thanks again and good luck!

Tracy,

Grade 4 tear in l4/l5 was missed in first MRI so did injections for a year
SI joints "messed up" not sure if I will get them fused at a later time
Had Open PLIF L4/L5 5/28/13
Woke up to permanent nerve damage in legs and feet.

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Your welcome. Good luck on

Your welcome. Good luck on the 7th, its not fun but try and remember its the first step to feeling better. Stay positive, follow everything they tell you and you will do great.

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Oh forgot to ask

How much time did you have off work? I requested FMLA to protect my job and my job has short and long term disability benefits. I will be getting only 60% of my pay but it's better than nothing.

My doctor originally told me 4-6 weeks but on the FMLA paper said only 4 weeks.

I realize everyone is different and I asked this question on another post but didn't have anyone that had the MIS TLIF.

Tracy,

Grade 4 tear in l4/l5 was missed in first MRI so did injections for a year
SI joints "messed up" not sure if I will get them fused at a later time
Had Open PLIF L4/L5 5/28/13
Woke up to permanent nerve damage in legs and feet.

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Well i think it all depends

Well i think it all depends on what you do for a living. I was a firefighter and was not allowed to go back at all. On a average day i could be carrying 60+ lbs on my back. Not the best thing to be doing on a regular basis after a fusion. With that being said if your work is not physical in nature I would suspect 4-6 weeks is a good estimate. Of course everyone is different and many factors come into play. Are you having a one level or two level fusion. If its two definately plan for a bit longer. I was in very good shape going into surgery so i think that may have helped me, but i still dont think i would have wanted to go anywhere before the 4 week mark. I know 60% pay isnt great, but I would suggest you take advantage of the FLMA time, take as much as you can. You only get one chance to recover.

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Doctor cooperation

I am having one level L4/L5. Originally my doctor said 6-10 weeks, but the wrote on the FMLA 4 weeks! I work from home as a software engineer. It's not like it's physically hard but mentally challenging and so far has been impossible while in pain and on meds. When I go in for my pre-op I'm going to ask why he put 4 when he told me 6-10. My boss in a round about way now thinks I lied about how much time I need off. Argh nothing like having a suspicious boss who doesn't trust you!

Tracy,

Grade 4 tear in l4/l5 was missed in first MRI so did injections for a year
SI joints "messed up" not sure if I will get them fused at a later time
Had Open PLIF L4/L5 5/28/13
Woke up to permanent nerve damage in legs and feet.