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Old 11-22-2012, 09:54 PM   #3
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: Springdale, AR
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Re: Recovery from L4/S1 PLIF

First of all, welcome to the boards. I am fused L3-L5. My experience has been quite good with the healing process. My fusions were done at separate times. I had one in February and the other in June. However, I did get a staph infection in March, but it was only a minor complication. My pain is mostly gone. I do have some low back pain every now and then. Its not anything real bad. I don't take anymore pain meds. Anyway, I just wanted to let you know that not everyone has a terrible outcome from getting a fusion. You will be in pain for a while after the surgery. After all it is a major surgery. So don't get discouraged if it feels like your recovery is going slower than it should be. Fusions are long slow healing process.