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Old 12-15-2010, 12:15 PM   #1
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L4-5 Fusion w/ titanium rod

It has been 3.5 weeks since my surgery. In addition to fusion a titanium rod was installed. Was told out of work at least 3-5 months at post op appointment on 12/10. Anyone else know how long out of work for this procedure??? Each doctor is different I am told. Have next appointment 12/28. Thank you in advance

 
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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....

 
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Old 12-19-2010, 07:09 AM   #3
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Re: L4-5 Fusion w/ titanium rod

Thank you, that is what my PA told me in the post surgery visit. I have yet ot talk to the surgeon. I really like my PA though. She said at least 3-5 months post surgery which would put me at around March or April. Today is week 4.5 and I still hurt on a level of 7-8 and still have the "charley horse" feeling in my back. Oddly enough my legs still burn and numb out after sitting over 15 minutes and I am leaking a bit (I am a male)

 
Old 01-06-2011, 02:50 PM   #4
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Re: L4-5 Fusion w/ titanium rod

I had the same surgery! Are you wearing a brace? How long did they say you have to wear it?

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Old 01-06-2011, 03:12 PM   #5
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Re: L4-5 Fusion w/ titanium rod

Today is week 7 post surgery. Still very painful with left leg numbing after sitting for 15-20 minutes and burning at ankles. I was told at least 3 months and out of work 3-5 months. What about you?

 
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Re: L4-5 Fusion w/ titanium rod

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Today is week 7 post surgery. Still very painful with left leg numbing after sitting for 15-20 minutes and burning at ankles. I am wearing a wrap around brace, velcro. I was told at least 3 months and out of work 3-5 months. What about you?

 
Old 01-06-2011, 04:32 PM   #7
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Re: L4-5 Fusion w/ titanium rod

I am at week 7. My shooting pain down my right side and numbness is gone. I have some hypersensitivity on my left buttock and hoping will go away in time. My surgeon wants me to keep wearing the brace for the next 6 months when I'm being active.

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