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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:22 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
After a 1 level ALIF fusion with some form of hardware in the back, should it take to be able to run errands, clean, and things of that sort? I have a lot of things I need to do in the fall... Appts, things with my son, etc... I know it varies by person, but I'm just asking for a ballpark range...


  • im 6 weeks out from plif level 1. and i am still unable to lift more than 10lb. i still can not BLT. and am in a brace for 3 months.
    ~X( my house was clean befor i went in for my surgery and now it is a total desaster and i have three kids!
    Talk to your doc and ask him what your recovery and time line for things will be!
    good luck!
  • I am three weeks out and I am now allowed to drive, since 2 weeks, but just started yesterday. Brace is for at least 8 weeks so far, and neither is comfortable. No BLT for at least 8 weeks as well. Still no sitting longer than 15 minutes per hour, so that limits the car trips. Will know more once I get my 8 week xray to check fusion. As far a housework, I can wipe the kitchen counters and dust at waist height, but that is about it. Trying to keep my teens motivated to get the job done, but that is a joke. Their bathroom is disgusting right now. Sue
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  • Lo, This would be a good question to ask your surgeon. With ALIF you may have different restrictions as with PLIF, that many of us had. But I can tell you that much, that almost 4 months after a flawless 3-level fusion my weight limit is still 10 lbs, and I still tire relatively easily compared to my pre-surgery state. After your surgery you best bet would be to concentrate on real important staff, like your son, and forget about things that can wait, like cleaning.

    As far as driving, it is up to your doctor, mine let me do it at 6 weeks.

    Good luck,

  • I wonder the same thing-I just had a Tlif-incision is in the back. Thankfully-my husband is awesome-he has been doing all the housework and laundry for some time now! I just want to be able to help him out some!
  • 9 weeks since my PLIF and I just started driving, hurts like heck though. Still on BLT restrictions. Only do things at waist level. Cant vaccuum, hurts after. Cant do laundry because of over 10 pound restrictions. You'll be out of circulation for awhile.

    Best Wishes,
    Christina :)
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  • Do you think it won't be as bad as yours, though, since they're not putting the cages in through the back, just the metal stuff, and the cages through the front? I'm really not sure what all entails. I have a while to prepare... Just kind of trying to get my footing.... I'm a pretty independent person so I have to enlist some help and let them know. Haha.
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