Hi Mike: I had a lumbar fusion with all the hardware. Before the surgery the surgeon told me I would be back to work at 12 weeks. That was over a year ago and I am not back. I still need to use painkillers, pain continues to limit my activities, and I experience constant high levels of fatigue. I met a friend-of-a-friend who is 2 years post-fusion, told the same thing by her surgeon, and still not back to work... so my opinion is that this recovery takes a long time, and the medical personnel who have not gone through it themselves don't "get it".
Hang in there, I know its tough.
- injured at 15
- conservative management for 10+ years
- 2002: L5-S1 fusion w/ hardware