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How long after upper spinal fusion can I return to office job?

I’ll be having a spinal fusion on the upper half of my spine later this year to correct my 40 degree curve.

I currently work an office job from home, where I sit at my desk for about 6 hours a day.

How long after surgery will I be able to return to my job?

(21 year old male)



  • LizLiz Posts: 9,745

    hello w_evans

    welcome to spine health

    no one can give you this information other than your doc they are the one with access to your medical records you should always take instructions from them. asking members with no medical qualifications to guess is not advisable they can only tell you what worked for them, all spine patients are different.

    all new members should take the system tutorial


    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • WLLadyWLLady Ontario CanadaPosts: 1,486

    hi w_evans

    Yep, what Liz said!  and listen to your doctor!  mine said he wanted me off from my long fusion for 6 months, i was bored to tears literally at 3 months and begged to go back to work parttime.  he relented, and i started part time at 3 months and was back to work full time by 5 months post surgery.  on retrospect, it was too soon.  i should have waited because i was exhausted all the time....and working took everything i had, so i had nothing left for anything else, like cooking dinner or having dinner out or anything else! 

    Veritas-Health Moderator
    Dec '16 T10-S2 fusion with pelvic fixation. Laminectomies L2, L3, L4, L5, facet removal, cages L4-5, L5-S1, severe scoliosis, arthritis and stenosis repair. 

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  • w-evans After my fusion surgeries I was not allowed to sit for more than 20 minutes at a time. I ran a automotive repair shop, after my first fusion I went back part time at 4 weeks and did pretty well, after my second fusion I went back at 9 weeks and that was too soon, most doctors want you to be extremely careful for at least 3 months, you will need to talk to your doctor in depth about going back to work, because he/she will be the only one that can answer your question. Good luck with your surgery. 

    Veritas-Health Moderator

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