... Thanks again to everyone who responded to my questions. I went well-prepared today for my pre-op visit with the back surgeon. After reviewing my films, he believes he can use the bone from my spurs for the graft instead of making another incision on my hip -- YEA!! I will probably have a bone growth stimulator (external) and I will be wearing a brace (but not to sleep). I... (10 replies)
... Hello All! My ALIF at L3/4/5 and laminectomy at the same levels was 4.5 months ago. I was diagnosed with spondy in January 2013, limped through the rest of the school year and was finally authorized by work comp to have surgery in December 2013. The morning after surgery, during my first walk, I realized I had no leg pain whatsoever! Cliched, I know, but I cried because I... (1 replies)
... Your surgeon is doing this "360" procedure to give you the very best chance of a successful fusion. You will have bone graft placed on both sides of the spine, so it will provide the best reinforcement around the joint.
I have only had posterior fusions but people report the 360 is just a bit more aggravating at the beginning of recovery. It heals just as quickly and is... (10 replies)
... Would like to hear from someone who has had ALIF and PLIF surgery, especially if it was a revision. ... (10 replies)
... I am 4 weeks post op from ALIF at L5-S1. I've had discectomy done twice (2002 and 2012) The last one didn't help any so we did injections and that offered no relief so it was on to the fusion. So far I haven't reached that point where I'm feeling any relief. My surgeon acted like I should have felt relief immediately. I'm still having lower back, butt, and all the way down my... (1 replies)
... I know how relieved you were to hear those words! Congrats.
I would caution you to walk rather than swim freestyle this early in recovery. Swimming on your stomach puts the back in extension, unless you use a snorkle and keep your back and neck perfectly aligned.
I can just about guarantee you that kicking your legs while swimming on your stomach will cause a flare... (3 replies)
... I guarantee that you are walking too far for this early in recovery. It is much easier to avoid aggravating the hips, SI joints and sciatic nerves than to have to get everything to calm down once it is aggravated.
At this point in recovery, it is much better to take frequent short walks. This is the best way to stretch out the spinal nerves. The purpose of this is to try... (2 replies)
... Since November 1 surgery date, many ups and downs in the recovery process, but have learned to measure progress in weeks not in days. ... (2 replies)
... Gmack, hi. Well, my NS wants me to go to a specialist, he is an anesthesiologist, but specializes in tough cases like me I guess. He will perform a blood patch using a fluoroscope in the morning. I couldn't get it scheduled today, and they worked me into the morning. My NS also bumped me up to see him Thursday morning to review my CT/M results. I will be glad to feel better... (71 replies)
... Greetings all,
It as been awhile since I've posted. Thank you to Teteri for convincing me to continue my journey here.
I am eight weeks post op with two level ADR at L3-L5 and ALIF fusion at L5-S1. I have an 8 inch incisional scar on my belly which is healing quite nicely. I am in PT twice a week and am still on pain Meds.
I don't seem to feel any pain from the... (9 replies)
... Constipation is a big problem after spinal fusion, primarily due to all the pain medications. It will be important to keep up the fluids, high fiber, etc. while you are in early recovery, not just right after surgery.
Glad you are doing well and the worst is over. Remember to take frequent short walks, and get plenty of rest. Limit sitting to 15-20 minutes at a time. (15 replies)
... My ALIF is in less than 2 days. Wed, to be exact. I really do not know what to expect. I am keeping a positive outlook. I hope you doing well. ... (15 replies)
... I'm waiting for work comp to authorize a two level ALIF and a laminectomy, so I'll have incisions front and beck too. I teach preschool and worked in pain the last five months. ... (71 replies)
... Because I had the ALIF and the PLIF at two levels makes me think this is gonna be a long process. No one told me either. ... (71 replies)
... I am asking what is the recovery time for a two level cervical fusion for a man my age? ... (0 replies)
... g but still pulled it off. stoked and expecting to b back surfing like i used to in another month. stay positive and treat this like what it is, be serious about recovery and training . ... (3 replies)
... L5 in 2007. It was a tough surgery and a rough recovery but the fusion is perfect and gave me 5 years of no pain and my life back. ... (15 replies)
... Isn't it amazing how a patient with continued pain is always so unique and the surgeon is so perplexed!!
The more I come in contact with others who have had spine surgery, the more I believe that the person who comes through with the expected results and a successful outcome is unique!
It takes awhile for the nerve pain drugs (gabapentin/neurontin, Lyrica) to kick in. I... (11 replies)
... Let me just remind you that you are extremely early in recovery and you are bound to have some other new aches and pains along the road to recovery. ... (11 replies)
... I'm hoping to hear from members who have recovered from leg pain after ALIF surgery. ... (11 replies)