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10 Weeks Post TLIF
Jun 27, 2017
... Welcome to the board. Try not to worry. It is actually difficult to damage hardware. It is designed to withstand quite a bit. Many surgeons do not require their patients to wear a back brace after surgery. Perhaps you are sitting too long at one time before getting up and moving around a bit? (1 replies)
10 Weeks Post TLIF
Jun 26, 2017
... I am on week 10 of L4-S1 two level fusion. I haven't returned to work been real careful what I do but sometimes you do more than you should. I walk daily and wear my brace but in the last couple days when I stand up from sitting I get a pain just to the right center of my back just below waistline. I have been so afraid of messing the hardware up how hard is it to mess up... (1 replies)
... Hello Teteri66, thanks for your advices. questions on the Dec 2016 flexion/extension XRays: 1) Anterolisthesis of L4 on L5 approximately 10 mm in flexion and 8 mm in extension - I think my previous xray was 7mm in flexion. Your comment of "Your spondylolisthesis is pretty minimal and your symptoms aren't all that debilitating." So 10mm in flexion/8mm in extension are... (6 replies)

... In hindsight, I probably waited longer than I should have, but you never know for sure. I know one person who had surgery very quickly after first signs of nerve compression and she ended up with permanent nerve it isn't always a matter of timing! Whether I would have had less nerve damage had I acted more quickly, no one can really say. If you feel more... (6 replies)
... during fusion surgery. He also prescribed ESI before prescribing surgery. He recommends TLIF minimized invasive. ... (6 replies)
... hello this is an update to my old thread I have new XRays done on 12/27/16 and here are the reports: XR Lumber Spine flexion/extension 2/3 views: FINDINGS: The vertebral body heights are maintained. Anterolisthesis of L4 on L5 approximately... (6 replies)
... Help; over the past 6 weeks I was experiencing lower back pain. At first it was like sciatica with pains down left leg when sitting but increased to severe pain that included some saddle numbness at times. I went and after steroids, muscle relaxers , anti inflammatory I got some X-rays and an MRI. It showed L4/L5 nerve compression ,L5 / S1 disc protrusion nerve compression ,... (7 replies)
... With a TLIF there are a couple places where things can go wrong as they are attempting to stabilize from both the anterior and posterior position. ... (4 replies)
... and am scheduled for a TLIF 2 level and foraminotomy...I am 57, have a defibrilator implanted, have undergone 2 AFIB ablations and am a type 2 diabetic... ... (2 replies)
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... Hi to all the recoveries, I am just around 4 weeks post op from L5-S1 TLIF, one level fusion. I have my first op xray this week and see my Neurosurgeon on Monday the 29th. I am still in a moderate amount of pain and have decreased my pain meds from 6 Percocet per day (5/325 mg) to 4 perc per day. Tylenol xtra strength does not help with the pain :(. The pain I had prior to... (4 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)
... 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)

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