What is a lumbar fusion?
A lumbar fusion is often needed to keep the spine stable after injury, infection, or a tumor. The procedure uses bone or metal implants to join together two or more vertebrae in the low back.
What is the recovery time for lumbar fusion surgery?
Recovery from this type of major surgery is extensive. Depending on the type of fusion you have, you may go home the same day of surgery, or you may need to stay in the hospital for a day or two. Your doctor will prescribe appropriate pain medications which often include narcotics. You will most likely be off work for 6 – 12 weeks, and when you return to work, you may have temporary work restrictions. Your doctor will also prescribe physical therapy to strengthen your back and to teach you new ways of moving your body. Do not drive until your doctor says it’s okay to do so.
How do I prepare for this type of surgery?