how long does it take for fusion

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dcarter's picture
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how long does it take for fusion

I have heard different stories. I am going in on the 18th for my 3 month post op and hoping for the best. I am tired of not being able to lift anything over 10 pounds because I would love to be able to keep my grandson overnight. He is only 5 months but much heavier than 10 pounds.
I just want to see if there is a timeline that I should be looking at. The DR says 9 months but I hear that some people fuse quicker and I am hoping to be one of them soon.

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How quick

You are right, everyone is different. I was fused at 7 months, using my own hipbones, and a turtle shell fusion brace that I wore for 4 of those months.


Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.

cosmic222 (not verified)
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depends on the person, plain and simple.

Lotus26 (not verified)
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I was fused at 6 months and

I was fused at 6 months and again like the others said it defers from one person to another. You'll still have to be careful with the lifting.

good luck.

Lotus Smile

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Solid at 9-1/2 months

Solid at 9-1/2, but weight limit was raised to 20 pounds at about 3 months.
Permanent weight limit of 20!
Good luck!

Lotus26 (not verified)
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It's fusion in L4/L5/S1 what is yours for?

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Had a three level

fusion 22 almost 23 weeks ago. Could only see fusing at 20 weeks, beginnings at 16 weeks, but still not enough to start PT. Couldn't start PT until I was 20 weeks, and 87% fused. Takes longer than your doc tells you.... The whole healing process is longer than the tell you. Sit back, relax, tons and tons of patience, and walk walk walk...

heather05 (not verified)
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spinal fusion

Hi there I just found this site after trying to see if I can sue my previous doctors for not giving me the spinal fusion I needed over a year ago. I just had a fusion at my L5S1 4 weeks ago. I am glad to see so many great results. Though I am getting anxious to start feeling better I see it really takes along time

EllenH (not verified)
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dcarter: We are all


We are all different as to how we recover and fuse. I had a TLIF, L2/3 (at age 57). My own bone was used and I fused in 6 weeks. This is unusually fast and not the norm. I am at almost 10 months now. I don't do any heavy lifting. I feel that I have had a pretty good recovery, but have a ways to go. I have discovered that this is a long recovery process, you have to be patient.


philly75 (not verified)
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Me Too

Hi Lotus,

I did laminectomy and and TLIF too, L4/L5/S1

clarkemk1 (not verified)
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spinal fusion L4/L5

just wondered how long spinal fusion surgey actually takes in operating theatre