Recovery time after an L4-5 fusion surgery can vary greatly depending on the individual and the specific details of the surgery. Typically, patients can expect to spend several weeks to a few months recovering, with the majority of the recovery taking place in the first 6-12 weeks. Physical therapy is usually needed to help regain strength and mobility in the affected area. Full recovery can take several months to a year. It's important to follow the post-surgery instructions and recovery plan provided by your surgeon.
It is possible that you will need pain medication after your L4-5 fusion surgery. Pain medication can help manage pain and discomfort during the recovery process. Your surgeon will likely prescribe medication to help manage pain in the days and weeks following the surgery, and may also provide a prescription for physical therapy. The use of pain medication will be evaluated and adjusted by your surgeon, based on your recovery and the level of pain you experience. It's important to follow your surgeon's instructions regarding pain management, and to communicate with them about any concerns you have regarding your pain.
If the injury that lead you to surgery was as a result of a work accident, workers compensation will cover your medical expenses at 100% and pay you a weekly benefit check. When you are fully healed, your work injury lawyer will make sure that you receive top compensation for your permanant injury to your back.