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)
... S1 in 2011 with the TLIF procedure. ... (0 replies)
Hi, I am just passing 3 1/2 months post op on a tlif l5/s1. One thing to remember is everyone's recovery is different. You won't read that just once on here. I'm not sure what your surgery entails, however, I am also in VA and a teacher and can say that I am back to my teaching job of 3rd graders full time. I LISTENED AND DID EVERYThING my spine neouro surgeon... (16 replies)
... So where do things stand now?
I've never heard of anyone being told that surgery couldn't be done because a nerve was too irritated. That's usually the only time that spine surgery is considered an emergency...when the nerve is so severely compressed that it is causing symptoms of cauda equina syndrome.
TLIF is "new" in the complete scale of spinal fusions...but it... (2 replies)
Hello and a very warm welcome to the HealthBoards to you!
I was planning to respond to your post last night but got called away and wanted to make sure I fully responded. I see you have edited your thread some as well.
Having serious back problems can unfortunately be one of the most frustrating ordeals a person can ever go through, and please know that you... (2 replies)
... this past year with less and less length of time relief. Now it is time for Surgery. Did my research TLIF best one for me. I am 1st sent to a orthopedic spine surgeon who wants to do a major open fusion. ... (2 replies)
... Have you contacted your surgeon to let him know where you are having pain in your left leg? That is not typical for the level of fusion you have. You would expect to have pain in the back of the leg for L5/S1. The type of pain you describe sounds like a nerve higher up may be effected L2-L4, most likely closer to the new surgical site. It is possible that is it just do the... (2 replies)
... Sorry no one replied to your post sooner.
Have you been back to your surgeon and discussed this right-sided pain that you have had since right ater the surgery? Sometimes there is swelling and inflammation that press on the nerves in the adjacent area. Some surgeons give a short dosage of prednisone to relieve the swelling. If it is particularly bad, an injection may... (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)
... 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)
... 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)
... 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)
... 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)