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tlif sugery recovery

larrycoop89llarrycoop89 Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:45 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
i had back surgery May19,2010 at the Veterans Hospital it was a tlif with 6 screws 2 rods and to discsl4andl5,l5 and s1 and my surgeon has me of till november 1,2010.My job is with coca-cola and i do a lot of lifting and twisting and bending all day and i wanted to know is their anyone out there that their job has any heavy lifting and how did they handel going back to work.


  • I am having a TLIF soon and do a lot of bending lifting and twisting at work. I am a nurse in a hospital and am wondering the same thing as you. I have had 2 other back surgeries with subsequent re-herniations and worry about going back to the same job this time.
  • 1st since you work at coca-cola i very well know you have a physical job.

    i am 54 y/o a local truckdriver, and it quite often i have to do a lot of physical work also
    i had the exact same surgery, you had. mine was on march 19th, I just started p.t. 1 1/2 weeks ago, and there is no way i could go back to my job right now.

    i still cant bend and lift any thing heavy, if i stand more then 15 minutes my right side pain level increases. if i sit more then 30 minutes my left side and leg pain level increases.

    most importantly everyone is different so you may have better luck.
    most people on here say give it a year for a full recovery, so depending on how you got hurt maybe a good idea if they are pressing you to come back to work see if they have any lite duty for a while so you dont rush into your job.

    also i am average height and weight, so im sure a persons body size probably plays a role in their recovery.

    mine is a work comp. injury so im not gonna rush things, just following doctor orders and see how things play out.
    hope this helps you.
    take care.

    there are a lot of nurses on here who could help you better then me.
    take care.
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  • Well I had a 2 level fusion on L4-S1 on March 1st of this year. I am still off of work
    I am a registered nurse that worked as an occupational health nurse in a large factory that builds tractors and combines.

    I will not be going back to that job. I will not be able to do floor nursing either do to all of the heavy lifting you do.

    I will prob. try getting a clinic nurse job in the next month or so.

    I still have pain everyday at the surgical site but my leg and butt pain from nerve impingement is gone.

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