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One year ago today

I had TILF surgery with a fusion of L5/S1. The recovery was normal with all the good indications that the fusion was successful . I had returned to work aft three months and resumed many of my normal activities . All seemed well until August when I started experiencing pain in my right side and leg. I got in see my surgeon after Labor Day and determined I had a broken screw and the fusion had failed. I had the revision surgery on Oct. 21st. The surgery went well and I am progressing. This time I am not returning to work until I know that I am completely healed. I can't do this again. Healing is my full time job. The recovery from this surgery has been a little easier because I knew what to expect . But it is still going to be a very long recovery. I am coping the very best I can and am getting tremendous support from my wife and that makes all the difference.


  • Thanks for the advice! I am 6 weeks post PLIF, and have been feeling a bit of a bum for asking my surgeon to give me three months before I go back to work when he asked for my input. Sure, my employer offers gradual return to work...that usually means a half day for a couple of days, and then by day three back at it full time! Not so gradual! And then if you push it and have to go off again, they make it very very difficult! So I keep reminding myself to take the time I need to heal and rest...but it is so hard sometimes!
    Thanks for sharing your experience, and I hope you recover fully this time!
  • Seems I read a lot on here about broken screws. My surgeon used a clamp and rod system instead.
    10/28/13 - ALIF, PSF, decompression at L4/L5 and L5/S1
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  • Gbowman, what kind of job did you have in terms of required physical activity?
  • Good question Holly
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