Re: L4-5 Fusion w/ titanium rod
There are many variables in deciding when a patient can return to work. Before I had a fusion at L4-5 a couple years ago, my surgeon told me that most people are off work anywhere from three to six months. Of course it depends on how physically demanding the job is, and whether or not the patient is showing fusion.
However, there are exceptions to everything. I know someone that was able to return to nursing at 6 weeks...and some people are out longer than six months.
Rods and pedicle screws are commonly used for fusion. This is what holds us together and provides support while the bone is filling in and solidifying.
Keep following your surgeon's instructions, and remember to keep walking. You'll get there sooner or later....