I'm having fusion done on L3 to S1. What is considered a safe return to work time for me as a school bus driver?

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Recovery from spinal fusion surgery takes longer than with other types of spinal surgery. Patients often have a 3- or 4-day hospital stay, with a possible stay on a rehabilitation unit. Patients typically wear a brace immediately after surgery. Rehabilitation is often necessary to rebuild strength and functioning. Activity level is gradually increased. Depending on the patient's age and health status, getting back to normal functioning can happen within 2 months, or up to 6 months later.

Spinal fusion recovery can take anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks up to 3 months, depending on your level of activity. Learn what to expect after different types of spinal fusion surgery, including cervical, lumbar, and spinal fusion for scoliosis.