Conservative Treatment of Lower Back Pain When to Have Neck Surgery When to have Lower Back Surgery Neck and Back Pain Medications Spinal Cord and Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Treatment: Diagnostic Cervical Discograms Lumbar Discograms EMG/NCV- Electromyograms and Nerve Conduction Studies Epidural Injections and Selective Nerve Root Blocks- Diagnostic and Therapeutic Facet Blocks and Rhizotomies Pain Diary Instructions for Spinal Injections Treatment: Surgical Lumbar Microdiscectomy Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF) Anterior Cervical Decompression & Fusion (ACDF) Laminotomy Lumbar Fusion Types Failed Spine Surgery Correction Cervical Laminectomy, Laminoplasty and Posterior Cervical Fusion Scoliosis Surgery Posterior Cervical Decompression and Posterior Cervical Foramenotomy Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR) for Cervical Spine Artificial Disc Replacement (ADR) for Lumbar Spine Surgical Repair of Pars Interarticularis Fractures Without Degenerative Disc Changes
Transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion is an approved and effective method for fusing the lumbar spine. The goal of surgery is to decrease pain, correct spinal deformity, and improve stability. Complications may occur but are not common. The majority of patients are satisfied with their pain relief and the results of their surgery. It is important that all patients are physically and psychologically prepared. All patients should stop smoking prior to any surgery, as smoking is extremely detrimental to your spine health, potential bone healing and successful surgical outcomes. Please review additional details with your surgeon prior to your surgery.
Patients may return to light work duties as early as 2-4 weeks after surgery, depending on when the surgical pain has subsided. Patients may return to moderate level work and light recreational sports as early as 3 months after surgery, if the surgical pain has subsided and the neck strength and mobility has returned appropriately with physical therapy. Patients who have undergone cervical fusion at only one level may return to heavy lifting and sports activities if the surgical pain has subsided and the neck strength and mobility has returned appropriately with physical therapy. Patients who have undergone cervical fusion at two or more levels are generally recommended to avoid heavy lifting, laborious work, and impact sports.