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Hi yes I had a compo.. Thats is what I am calling it.. I just got all the hospital and Op notes today. I had requested every thing before I left the hospital. So on my left side just above my hip, more in my waste side is a 3 inch incision. If you go to You Tube and type in Xlif a animated XLIF is there and you can see how it was done. It took them about 30 min to flip me over and check every thing before they started with the PLIF. Now I did not have a complete PLIF. I have another 3 inch lateral incision in my back. They but the screws and rods in only on my left side of my vertebra at L4-L5 doing a PLIF. Way back my doctor had a problem doing the traditional XLIF were you put the hardware in from side. So because of that he puts the hardware in via the PLIF. If you go to you tube again. Type in PLIF when they get to part were they would remove the bone to expose the vertebra. He does not need to do that part. The disc is in via the XLIF. I researched the hell out of this and so far I could not be happier. My legs and foot arch have stopped hurting. I do have aches in the surgical spots, but icing really helps. I did do something really dumb yesterday. I wanted to shave my legs. I took a hot shower. I was cleared to do that, but I stayed in the hot shower to long. I stood up thought I was okay, but I fainted for the first time in my life. Hit my face at my cheek while I was going down almost went thru the class sliding doors of the shower. This is all in a un-congests congests state. I was lucky. I had to take a pain pill last night at 4 in the morning. I had been off pills for three days. Needed one today. But other then that I have been great. I am almost 58 years young. My husband came home from work and flipped out. I hope you feel better soon.

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