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... Hi, Alyroxx. I have start out saying that everyone has different recoveries to the surgeries/fusions, as I'm sure you've read on here several times. 😏 With that being said, I had a TLIF L5-S1 fusion done in 2013. A surgery that was supposed to last 3 hours ended up 6 hours because my nerves were so "misplaced" that it was worse when they got a look. I can tell you from... (3 replies)
... I wanted to take the time to comment on my surgery and subsequent recovery from a two level TLIF surgery. I am doing this, prior to surgery, because like so many people, I read many web boards and was terrified by what I read. ... (3 replies)
... Thanks so much, I am in tears reading your post , I am going for surgery in June . 2002 I had fusion from c4 to c6 . I took me two years to trust a doctor was not going to butcher me,from reading your post I feel so much better . Like you I am preparing and going in with confident that I will be okay since surgery is inevitable . I've had my third opinion have faith in my... (3 replies)

... Welcome to the board. One of the reasons you read so many negative posts on here is because those who had successful surgeries go on with their lives. Some of us, who used this board to get answers to questions like how to get your home ready for you post surgery, what kinds of tests to expect, compare notes on physical therapy and lots of other reasons. Before my surgery in... (3 replies)
... Welcome to the board. I hope all your experiences as you progress with recovery are as positive as your first three weeks. One reason why this board and others like it are useful is because it provides a point of view other than what one reads or hears from a strictly medical perspective. Too many people do not ask questions. Too many people are referred to a spine... (3 replies)
... In terms of whether it is safe now for TLIF...the product is no different than it was back in 2002 and it is technically not approved for use in TLIF surgeries. The variables are the surgeon's skill in implanting the product and the patient's body's reaction to it. ... (2 replies)
... I am finding out that using Medtronic Infuse bmp for lumbar TLIF surgery is not an approved method by the FDA. ... (2 replies)
... I am having minimally invasive TLIF at two levels in another week. I am in my 50s and basically healthy. ... (2 replies)
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)

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