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Recovery time after fusion

 I know this question could have tons of different answers but I need a two level fusion and I’m really wondering how long the recovery is in terms of being able to return to a desk job.  Any input is appreciated. 

 Just for a little background I am 28 years old and the fusion would be L4 to L5 and L5 to S1. I am overweight. My surgeon said he will agree to do the surgery when I weigh 250 pounds. Of course I’d like to lose more since I just had weight-loss surgery but it all depends on if I can keep the pain under control to gain more time to lose more weight. 

25 years old: Herniated L4-L5, L5-S1 December 2008. L4-L5 microdiscectomy Sept 2010. L5-S1 microdiscectomy March 2012. Redo L4-L5 microdiscectomy Sept 2013. Redo microdiscectomy Oct 2015.
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  • challengercchallenger Posts: 1,238
    edited 07/18/2019 - 2:12 PM

    Spiney

    You will get a lot of different answers to your question, after my first fusion I went back to work part time at 4 weeks, I ran a automotive service facility, after my second fusion it was 9 weeks, but that surgery was basically 1 year after the first, and I think that really slowed me down, my surgeon says 4-6 weeks, but everybody is different, good luck with the weight loss, that will really help with the surgery and recovery.

    Chip

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


  • I am 9 weeks post fusion and have another 3 weeks before I return to work. All my residual pain is in my trapezoid muscles and I am really worried about computer/desk based work. I think setting up your chair/work station so it is comfortable will be important. I struggle to read for very long because of the position of my head/neck. I have a 13 level fusion though,

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