What is the Recovery Like After TLIF Surgery?
The minimally invasive procedure provides many benefits to patients. Hospital stays are commonly between one to three days. Patients report a reduction in pain and other symptoms and can expect a period of improvement over the next several weeks to a month. Post-surgical pain is a good indication of progress as an uptick in pain may indicate doing too much, too soon. It is recommended to slow down when pain increases.
Preventing stress in the fused segments is also recommended and excessive lifting of heavy objects should be avoided. Bending and twisting should also be minimized. A back brace may be useful to help limit back movement and can be helpful from six weeks up to three months. Prescribed stretching exercise can help recovery. A gradual increase in a light walking program promotes mobility. The completion of the bone fusion may take up to a year or more to completely heal. Dr. Braxton monitors patient progress during recovery with an eye on increasing activity level, managing pain levels, return to work considerations and when to return to driving.