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Will it really take 18 months to fully fuse?
I'm 3 months post op TLIF L5S1 fusion, decompression, spondy, with hardware - 4 bolts and two rods and bone graph from bone bank. Saw my surgeon last week to look at current X-rays. I feel great with no meds. He's made my can and cannot do list clear. What I'm a little down about is that he said my fusion "appears to be taking" and that I'm about 10% of the way there. He said its an 18 month process to be fully fused. Is that normal or what you've experienced or been told to experience? I'm ok with restrictions as he told me once I'm fully fused I should be able to do almost anything. I guess I was hoping to be a lot more fused than I am.
Getting L5 S1 foraminotomy, and fusion with 4 bolts and 2 rods on 01/31/2013. Pars defect at L5, little to no disc between L5 S1, grade 2 stenosis at L5, pinched nerves.