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... I had L4/5 TLIF surgery on Jan. 13, 2014. It was highly successful. No pain whatsoever. I am trying to build up the back muscles so that I can have more endurance and not tire so easily. If you are in so much pain, have a repeat MRI and have a consult with a different neurosurgeon or spine specialist. (18 replies)
... I am having minimally invasive TLIF at two levels in another week. I am in my 50s and basically healthy. ... (2 replies)
Tlif
Sep 21, 2013
... Hello, I am new here. I am 8 weeks post op for a tlif on July 18th l5-s1 right side pain and numbness. The surgery went ok, my problem with my collapsed disc was fixed and the right side was so much better. All my problems were on the right side. Well, I woke up and my left leg has hurt pretty bad ever since. I fell down my stairs 1 week post op. This left side leg... (2 replies)

... stamina back. At 6 months. I did have cervical neck fusion in July then TLIF in November so last year was a long long recovery for me, you may not get as worn out as I did. Please try to build up your abdomen muscles before your surgery. ... (6 replies)
... Thank you agwhitten for sharing your experience. Have you returned to work yet? I'm worried that I'll end up overdoing it, because I already do too much, and have to get off my feet when doing regular activities. I'm kinda OCD when it comes to keeping the house clean. My significant other, friends & Daughter will be here to help after surgery. How long were you in the hospital... (6 replies)
... I am at 6 months post Op TLIF L5, S1, not sure if retractor technique was used, but all I have are two small, 2 inch incision scars right above the dimples on my back. ... (6 replies)
... Hello Board - It's been a while since I've checked in, but when you are in limbo, there's simply nothing to report aside from venting that my condition is chronic & I have no answers. I've been struggling with severe nerve compression (disc collapse) at L5/S1 & herniated disc at L4/5 for the past 8 months. I also have moderate facet issues, spurs, etc. It has thrown a... (6 replies)
Day 5 Post-Op TLIF
May 18, 2013
... Hi all - I am recovering (1st day home) from a TLIF (first time at the L4-L5 level). Do you all use ice exclusively? My doc said I could use ice and heat. Been using an ice pump that they sent me home with but much prefer heat. Also, in the hospital they had me on a continual dosing of Percocet and Flexeral - yesterday after I came home I was talking "gibberish" and... (2 replies)
... Hi, thanks for the info and advise!! I am having both L5-S1 and L4 fused so the fusion will be from S1 to L3. I think i have a great surgeon. i don't know if it is okay to post a doctors name here but his name is James C. Weis with the OAA group in Allentown PA. I checked as much as i could find on him and everything i found was positive. he apparently has done lecturing... (7 replies)
... Are you having a one level fusion, L4-L5, or are they doing L5-S1 also? This won't make much difference in how you feel, but it can take a longer healing time. I am fused from L3 to S1 and am pleased with the results. It did take three surgeries to resolve my pain...but finally they figured out the source of my pain, and resolved it. I've just had lumbar surgeries so... (7 replies)
... Hi, I am new here and am looking to see if anyone else here has had this recently and how they made out. I have a history of back problems beginning when i was 25 in 1985 when i ruptured my L5 disc. the surgeon described it as an explosive rupture and it severely pinched the sciatic nerve to my right leg. they did a Laminectomy of L5-S1 and i was on my feet the next day and... (7 replies)
TLIF tomorrow
May 6, 2013
... Hello All, I am scheduled for TLIF L5-S1 bright and early tomorrow morning (laminectomy L5-S1 done 1 yr ago). Just wanted to get some feedback or recommendations (the good, the bad and the ugly) for anyone who has recently gone through this type of procedure. Doc says to expect to be admitted 2-3 days, and starting PT a couple months later. Pain "should" subside in a... (1 replies)
... I have had two posterior surgeons -- the first was at L4-L5 done with a cage...and the second which added on L3-L4 and L5-S1 was done without cages, leaving the discs in place. This is the old way that fusion was always done, with the bone graft just laid in along the "gutter." My guess would be it is done the same way with the TLIF. You should be fine. Just be very... (2 replies)
Upcoming TLIF
Feb 2, 2013
... I had my TLIF on 1/2. Believe it or not, I was not nauseated but very constipated. 10 days to be exact!! As for the post op, I was in the hospital 4 days, I left earlier than I thought I should, but that was because I didn't feel that I was getting the needed care from the nursing staff. My husband could help me better at home! Once I got home, I was happy that I was... (9 replies)
Upcoming TLIF
Jan 28, 2013
... Welcome DaltonsMom, I had TLIF November 6 2012, I am doing very well now, but recovery is heavy duty for that surgery. It wears you out and you need assistance for the first few weeks. No lifting anything heavier than milk jug and that is from waist high no bending at all and or lifting from the ground level. I had a grabber stick and that was helpful. No twisting movement... (9 replies)
Upcoming TLIF
Jan 27, 2013
... Hey.. I'm new here.. I have surgery on Thursday L4/L5.. TLIF...What I'm concerned about is Post OP. Can anyone tell me how the felt post in the hospital and coming home. This is my 4th surgery for that level.. 2 Microdiscetomy 1 IND Thanks guys.. any info and tips are welcome! (9 replies)
... Has anyone had a minimally invasive TLIF? I am looking for approximate recovery times following. My wife had a TLIF at L4-5,L5-S1 two weeks ago. Her leg pain is gone, but her back is very sore and she is very slow getting around. If anyone has had this surgery I would appreciate some input as to what to expect the first few weeks pot-op (9 replies)
7/2/12 l5-s1 tlif
Jun 28, 2012
... I've been trying to have my back fixed for years - so - consider yourself lucky ;) I say this because the guy down the street had two level fusion and he's much happier than me. He rides his kids dirt bike, works on his older cars, built his wife her deck, etc. Me? I just scream at my doctors. (3 replies)
7/2/12 l5-s1 tlif
Jun 28, 2012
... s1 tlif the end of May...my dr placed a cage, two rods and four pedicle screws in my back. The first few week were not fun but not as bad as I thought. ... (3 replies)
7/2/12 l5-s1 tlif
Jun 27, 2012
... Hello fellow spineys, On July 2nd I am scheduled to undergo a TLIF of my L5-S1, it may also include my L4-L5 (he'll decide when he gets in there). This is being done as to alleviate foot drop due to broad-based herniated disc compressing my S1 nerve. I tried a discectomy after 5 years of exhausting all conservative options but re-herniated within the 1st week!!! My ?... (3 replies)


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