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having PLDF and TLIF on 5/6/15

Hello all,

My name is Krista and I'm 32 I have spondylitis as well as a bulging disc at L5 S1 and am set to have a PLDF and TLIF on may 6th .

I'm wondering how the recovery is going to be and if I will ever be able to return to my job that I love as a vocational assistant for handicapped adults.

Will I ever beable to life my consumers agian ?

What should I bring to the hospital ? I also am going to a rehab hospital for two weeks should I need anything else for that stay?

thanks Krista


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 7,268
    I have never had spinal surgery.....but I would think you need to ask doctor what..if any, .restrictions you will have on your activities.

    Your job sounds very demanding, lifting, twisting, bending, etc...and it is good you want to be prepared.

    Let us know how things work out for you.......good luck
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  • OK getting close now 6 day whew can't wait for this to be over . What should I do the night before ?
  • kfreedkkfreed Posts: 7
    edited 05/10/2015 - 5:21 PM
    Hay there ok this is day 4 post op from my TLIF and decompression. Actually I feel really well I'm still a tad slow and very sore but I told myself I'm not gonna baby by self bc I have to beable to go back to work . But recover has been a bit rough I finally got my pain pill routine right . Home to hear from you all love ya Krista.
  • Great to hear all is going well! Believe me when I say , it does get better. I recall those first few weeks ,post -op, of being sore , stiff in pain and generally just trying to get back to normal. I think it was about day 30 that I started to see some improvement.
    After that, about every 2 weeks I could feel some progress. For myself , walking was key to the rehab. I recall walking about 3 miles / day. This really helped to keep the scar tissue at a minimum.
    I was back at work and the gym in 10 weeks. Although I was still stiff , I managed to get through it pretty well.
    At 7 months I was back to almost all physical activites with almost no limitations.
    About me: 52 yo HWP fit male.
    Wishing you all the best, a speedy recovery and a life without alot of back pain!
    Bilateral L5 spondylolysis L5 with grade I anterolisthesis L5-S1.
    Stable multilevel degenerative spondylosis contributing to mild canal
    narrowing L2-3 and L3-4.
    360 ALIF & PLIF L-4 - S-1 on 8/11/14
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  • Four days are still very close to your surgery, so even if you are over the worst, you should take it slowly. Your body went through major trauma, it takes time to recover. Follow the rules of no BLT stricktly, try to walk several times a day, right now that is best therapy for you. Easy does it! Wishing you continuing success for your recovery!
  • When will u know it's fright to return to work .? My job is very physically demanding aND I'm no too return till deemed 100 percent better by my job description. But how will u know when that is ?
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