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On 2/5/18 I had an S.I. Joint fusion on my left side. S.I. Bone iFuse implants. I’m 40 and in perfect health except for back issues. I had L4-L5 laminectomy, foraminotomy and L5-S1 discectomy on 6/28/2017.
All of this damage was caused as a result of being a courier for UPS for 13 years. I am 3 weeks out from fusion surgery. Surgeon will not commit to timeframes and continually reminds me that everyone is different in regard to results and healing. My general questions for anyone who has had an S.I. joint fusion are:
1. If you had a physical job like mine or hobbies (running, golf, etc.) were you able to eventually return to them? I love the work that I do and at this point in my life a career change would be difficult.
2. When did you trust that you were healed or healing enough to resume or engage in being more active? I have X-rays and regular upcoming visits scheduled with surgeon. Mentally, I expect to be concerned about re-injury and being over cautious.
3. Surgeon expects full recovery without limitations if all goes well. From what I’ve read, fusion takes 6-12 months to fully occur. Once the joint has fused and with the implants I expect to be better off and stronger than I was prior. Is this too optimistic? As of right now I still intend on returning to my job as a courier and continuing the joys of golfing, running, and hiking. Prior to these issues I was a very active individual.
Courious to hear about other experiences with this procedure and the ultimate long-term (hopefully positive) results.
Thank you for your time and insight,