Donald Corenman, MD, DC
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By your description, you had a TLIF at L4-5 and L5-S1. That’s “Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion” (see website for details and video of surgery). The spacers used in between the vertebra to hold them in anatomic position are called cages.

You have current complaints of lower back pain but no leg pain. What was your surgery done for? Did you have incapacitating lower back pain or leg pain or both?

You are only two months out from surgery and even though I would expect your lower back pain level to be less at this point, you still have plenty of time to heal. With allograft, the healing typically takes longer so don’t despair. It may take up to a year to heal with allograft.

Dr. Corenman

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Donald Corenman, MD, DC is a highly-regarded spine surgeon, considered an expert in the area of neck and back pain. Trained as both a Medical Doctor and Doctor of Chiropractic, Dr. Corenman earned academic appointments as Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, and his research on spine surgery and rehabilitation has resulted in the publication of multiple peer-reviewed articles and two books.