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Having back surgery in March

I hear its going to be a lil rough because its a 360% fusion via TLIF & PLIF at L5-S1. Has anyone had these types of proceedures? Whats the recovery time? I was told 6 months by my surgeon. I suppose we will see but still I am looking forward to it. I have pretty much been like an animal with my left leg caught in a trap...for 12 months!. Anyone else having surgery in March?


  • I had a TLIF on L5/S1 on 1/16/13, so I'm just shy of 3 weeks out. My surgeon found a "smashed nerve" (his words), and initially I could tell that it helped. Now I'm not quite as sure as it's hurting again, but that could just be the nerve healing and being noisy about it :-)

    My surgeon told me 3-6 months, but I'm back to doing my classes part-time (I'm a doctoral student). As for work, I'm not back there yet as my coursework was my focus. I was doing decently well, but just had a huge drop in my pain medication so I have a feeling that it's going to be a pretty rough few weeks.
    1/16/2013 Minimally invasive TLIF with rods, screws, and cage on L5/S1 joint to treat grade 2 spondylolysthesis, pars defect, degenerative disc disease. Dealt with chronic pain & nerve issues since at least 2007.
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