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... Hi Everyone I'm new here,and have lots of questions. Hope someone can answer them for me. I am having L5-S1 PLIF on 11/8/06. Needless to say my neuro says one thing about the recovery, and what I am reading here, I am learning quite the opposite, or really what I imagine the recovery must be. I live alone, and my children are all out on their own. My children asked if I... (19 replies)
... Had the same surgery and although not pain free at 6 months, did not have high pain while standing for that time. Altough, it did bother me stand long times. Still does, too some extent. I would have it looked at. Ken (1 replies)
... I had surgery on January 17th 2011, one level PLIF fusion at L5-S1 with titanium cage, rods and screws. My original pain is gone and I am able to work out and walk with no pain, but I can't stand for more than 15-20 minutes without extreme pain. I get extremely stiff and I feel like there is a brick in my back. As soon as I go sit down, the pain goes away. Could this be from... (1 replies)

... Hi lala Thanks for your response. I read your posts, and congrats on your new baby! I know the recovery is going to be tough, but reading everyone's threads and posts, and the responses I have received have been very informative. Had pre-op testing today, it went well, and the staff at the hospital were very helpful. I was told that after the surgery I'll go to recovery... (19 replies)
L5 s1 fusion help
Sep 26, 2008
... S1 PLIF fusion with instrumentation and bone growth protein instead of a hip bone graft., and now 10 days post op, and feeling great! ... (20 replies)
... My mother was recently referred to a Albany, NY area neurosurgeon who recommended she have a L3-4, L4-5, L5-S1 Posterior lumbar interbody fusion. When the doctor who had been injecting her back heard about the procedure, he called her at home on his day off (which meant a lot to her, she is a former RN) and said he knew of the neurosurgeon and knew her condition, and felt... (7 replies)
... Hi Kdk, I had L4-5, L5-S1 fusion with hardware on July 19th. I was in the hospital for 4 days. They got me up to walk the very next day. I did not have a walker or cane. Many people on ths board did have the use of a walker. I also did not have a brace. It is very painful. You will definatley need someone with you for the first week at least. My husband had to write... (19 replies)
... S1 PLIF back fusion on the 29th of July 2006. I am home now and all is going really well. ... (6 replies)
... Monas, :wave: I had fusion L5/S1, posterior with screws and rods. It is a bit unnerving not to be Xrayed and to be "done" with it already. I am the only one on the board so far that I've seen to be let go this early, with no films. The only thing I can say, is that my doctor has been so conservative (up until now!)with my recovery....I didn't get into a car at all for... (12 replies)
... G'day everyone, Well i'm 6 Months Post Op L5-S1 Spinal Fusion with rods/cages/bone harvest etc. I must say my leg pain has decreased a lot, but for my actual back it sucks. Before surgery i used to get this feeling at the end of the day when i layed down and my back would really hurt and i could tell i had over done it for the day, i call this my "oh s**t" feeling. After my... (12 replies)
... XLIF CANNOT be done at the L5-S1 level because there is no access to the area due to the hip being in the way. That is why he suggested the PLIF for you at L5-S1 and the XLIF for the L4-5. Hope this helps you understand why he is doing two different procedures. Good Luck with your surgery.:angel: I saw a spine specialist 2/8/13 for a second opinion regarding my severe... (22 replies)
... pted for a micro discectomy on that level only due to the fact that it was one of the more minimally invasive procedures available, or I could have had a full on PLIF on that one level. ... (13 replies)
... S1 because of scoliosis he fell the plif is need and has better access thru the xlif because of the same reason...... ... (22 replies)
... He's not doing a TLIF........he's doing an XLIF extreme lateral interbody fusion on L4-L5 and a PLIF posterior lumbar interbody fusion on L5-S1 I just don't understand why he's not just using the PLIF to access all areas :/ (22 replies)
... When I finally got my MRI with contrast before my L5 S1 PLIF, lamidectomy. It said L5 S1 grade 1 anterolisthesis with bilateral L5 spondylosis. ... (54 replies)
... tingles and the backs of my calf start the same burns and tingle pain.. Are these MRI results and constant back pain and intermeddiate sciatica consistant with a plif being done.. ... (3 replies)
... marlosmom - not sure why my signature doesn't always show up. Do you see other people's signatures? Anyway, lol, here are my surgeries: 11/07 - Diagnosed acute & chronic S1 nerve root irritation 12/21/06 -360 PLIF L5-S1 with rods, screws, cages & BMP. 3/21/06 - L5-S1 fusion w/o instrumentation. 12/21/05 - Laminectomy/discectomy L5-S1. (37 replies)
... I was originally scheduled for just the xlif and when I called the hospital to pre-register I was told I was scheduled to have the xlif on L4-L5 % plif on L5-S1 of course my Drs out of town till 2/11......the day before my surgery! Not even his PA can explain why I'm scheduled for both.......sooooooo I have an appt at 10:30am the day before my surgery to discuss WHY both! I'm... (22 replies)
... I am so very sorry for all you are going through. I don't mean to sound like a idiot, but what exactly is cliff and plif? I hurt my back 18yrs ago when I was only 26. I was a coach, physical Ed teacher and assistant athletic director at a small private school - which was actually the school I went to Hig School at. It happened when I was outside on lunch duty with the Middle... (22 replies)
... accident I did physical therapy for 6 months, and it did nothing to help, I was actually getting worse. So, I had an Discogram and it came back positive at level L5 S1... ... (0 replies)

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