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TLIF (Minimally Invasive)



  • Thanks so much :)My surgeon has performs thousands of TLIF's as well. he feels very comfortable doing them. He has even performed them on younger patients. I believe the youngest was an 18 year old gymnast. If everything goes well, i should be able to go home a day or two post surgery.
  • Hi Kara,

    You are pretty young - but sometimes life just happens.

    as far as getting prepared for surgery and recovery - here are a few things...

    Have you checked out the Pre-Op Must Haves list? I know it's a massive list - but just reviewing it can give you something to focus on and give you an idea of what your recovery will requite of you.

    As for recovery - just be smart about it. In the first year or so allowe yourself to take it easy. Don't do anything that will set you back. The last thing you want is to extend your recovery time. Don't bend, lift or twist! Allow that fusion to do it's job.

    My dad has had 3 back surgeries and now, about 10 years out from the last one, has been back to farming and horse-riding and competition driving (horse and cart) for years. He is fit and strong and you'd never know he was closing in on 70. You can do it, just be smart about it and allow yourself the time you need to heal.
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  • Thanks so much :) im starting to feel a little better about having this surgery done. Now its just waiting for Workers Comp to approve it
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