Cycling after TLIF surgery

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  1. billbro1957

    billbro1957 New Member

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    I'm getting ready to have a TLIF (transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion). I'm having my S-1 through L-4 fused. I'd like to know what, if any, effects the surgery will have on my riding. I ride mostly road bikes.
     
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    qcpmsame New Member

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    I had a similar surgery in 2004, a PLIF (posterior lumbar interbody fusion) at the L4-L5, L5-S1 levels. I wore the brace for 4 weeks and then I was free to move about without restrictions, they had me walking 2 days following the surgery, with the brace and a PT with me for 2 days. I had little post surgery pain and was back to normal activities in 6 weeks. I had severe complications not related to the spinal surgery, 1 week after the procedure, so I was a little slow in my recovery.

    I have raced motocross worked my job as an engineer on various military construction sites and have ridden steadily since 2010 when I got serious about returning to cycling. I ride between 90 and 120 miles a week with no back pain or limitations on position on the bars (drop) and my stem is normal for a road bike. The surgery made all the difference for me, pain and paralysis were gone and movement came back quickly with range of motion returning to normal in 6 months after being careful and having follow up checks and x-rays periodically.

    Best of luck with your surgery, hope all goes as well for you as it did for me.
     
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    Thanks for the info. I've got 7 weeks before surgery, so my plan is to get in as much exercise as I can and lose a little more weight.
    Hope my recovery is as successful as yours.
     
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