I've noticed a common theme as I've been reading about recovery from spinal fusion surgery, so just wondering if anyone might be able to help me understand it. Why do I so often read that recovery from fusions in the L5-S1 area take longer than other areas of the spine?
Part of my concern about this is my job (VERY physically demanding). I was fortunate to get it--I was up front about surgery plans/projected time off needed etc, and they hired me anyway AND told me my job would still be there after I recovered.
At the time, I was thinking I'd be back by the 12 week mark (and did say that to my bosses), but now I'm not so sure. Additionally, I was only supposed to have a single level fusion at L/4-5, but now I'm fused from L4-S1...I'm assuming the extra surgical work added to my overall recovery time? I know it's not doubled, of course, but the areas in which these fusions were performed seem to appear often in the context of longer recovery times.
Any thoughts, ideas, input would be much appreciated! Thank you!
Kimmy72, Spine-health Moderator
Firm believer in PMA!