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Post Op Fusion of L1 Question

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had a waterski accident that burst by L1 and had a l2-t11 posterior fusion. I'm 6 weeks post op and still have a lot of discomfort. According to my Dr. he says in a year I could do whatever again.

How realistic is that?

I feel like I'm feeling the entire bit of hardware, is that true or muscle sore or do you start to feel "normal" later where it doesn't feel SO wierd.

Lots of lower back pain below the fusion right about where I quess the L5 is? Common?

Would love to hear from any L1 fusion people as I believe it is in quite a different area than the common L5 I see on this board.




  • I don't mean to say I'm not interested in others opinions, but would "also" like to hear L1 specific if possible. I'm really feeling not sure what to expect and the Dr's are always kind of non-commital in recovery in my opinion.

    Seem to me also walking is a consistent positive from this group that have had fusion?


  • I had L2 - L3, it is different to the common lower areas that most people have done. The higher levels to my understanding have the potential to cause more problems. They can be slower to stabilize than the lower levels.
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  • Felicity:

    How has yours gone?
    And do you mean that the l1 is harder to stabilize than a L5 or the reverse?

  • L1 and L2 can be harder because there is potential to effect more areas of the legs, we also twist and bent from the higher up levels than L5 etc. I have had a very long and painful recovery.
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