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AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Lower Back Pain
Having the procedure performed on Jan. 20, 2009 and if anyone is interested in knowing anything about my recovery feel free to ask. I will be gettin it done to L5 and along with the single screw up through I will also have 4 smaller screws and rods put in for support. The procedure can be seen on You Tube and on the AxiaLif website.


  • How ya doing two months out, they say you could work full time, how has your recovery been for the last two months? I can get the M.I.S TLIF free, or pay $12,000 cash for the Axialif, any thought?
  • I am scheduled for this surgery on 4/7/09, and am very interested inanyone who has had it recently. I am in Hollywood, FL. It is L-5/S1 and L4. Actual procedure is called Trans1/AxiaLIF
  • A spinal specialist has recommended that I have AliaLIF L5-S1 but I am only 30 years old and although I have constant back pain I am reluctant to proceed without speaking to other people who have had the surgery.

    Can anyone tell me what the quality of life is like after the operation? The specialist has promised that after the procedure I will be 100% cured and will be able to resume running and other physical exercise. I am a naturally sceptical person and don't believe in miracles!!

    I am from Scotland and would like to have the surgery in the UK. I currently work in Dubai so I am keen to speak to anyone from the UK that has had the op in the UK.
  • A number of people are interested in the procedure and some have had it, but they don't seem to come back and report how it went, whether they are satisfied, etc.

    Hopefully someone will see your post and will respond!!
  • Hello all,

    I know this post is a little late, but I get so lost in forums. I had a double level Axialif on April 1, 2009. I am now 2 months post-op, and honestly, I am very glad I had the surgery, but of course I still have issues, which are to be expected. I was very happy with this type of newer surgery because I had 7 incisions, instead of an 8 inch incision, so I tended to heal a bit faster. I am slowly decreasing the pain meds....I only have 2 semi major concerns at this point.

    1. nerve pain down my right leg, which injections are helping.

    2. The amount of time I can stand still without awful pain is mininal, less then 2 minutes. But I can walk 60 miles.

    So would I do it again?...ABSOLUTELY!

    I saw the post about the surgery costing $12,000..that is VERY cheap. After receiving the explaination of benefits from my insurance company, the total surgery was over $30,000.

    Heck my bone growth stimulator that I wear EVERYDAY for 4 hours cost $5,000 itself. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
  • Gwennie 17 is right. Getting feedback is difficult! So come on Twowheela, crtica2, how are you getting on post op?
    I had the op done 11 Feb 2009. Single level with 2 facet screws inserted percutaneously. After the op, I spent a couple of nights in hospital, then went home. Apart from post op pain, I was surprised how well I felt, and was able to stop taking meds (tramadol) after a few days, and almost immediately started going for short walks. I was really excited and thought that everything was going to be fine, and that I would be fit to return to sports etc after 3 months. This ties in with the Trans1 blurb you can see on the web. I am self employed amd returned to work almost straight away, although I wasn’t very productive.
    Then after a couple of weeks I started getting pain in my right buttock and down my right leg,along with tingling and numbness. I started taking the tramadol again on an as required basis.
    I also found that that I wasn’t superman and started taking a rest for a couple of hours each afternoon. It was really easy falling asleep! Lots of aches and pains, but manageable.
    I persevered with the walking, and gradually started building this up on a circuit, so if I got tired I wouldn’t be a long way from home. The leg pain grumbled on, and after about seven weeks I started physiotherapy.
    In some ways this is when everything seemed to go wrong. I was prepared to accept that having been told not to bend, twist, or lift anything for a while I would be stiff, and after a short time I was pleased with how quickly I began to loosen up.

    Afrer a few more weeks I started with the swiss exercise ball, and that is when everything went downhill, and I have been in a lot of pain. I have reduced my walking, and although I am still doing the stretch exercises I am having to be very careful. I have no strength in my back at all. The physio says that some of the pain I have is at l4/l5, which is a worry, because the pre-op MRI showed that this level was sound, or I wouldn’t have been a candidate for the single level axialif. I hope it all simmers down.
    Both my physio and my surgeon say that I have unrealistic expectations of how quick my recovery should be, and that I have been overdoing it.
    This is a relief in that there is still hope for me, but very frustrating nevertheless.

    I wonder if my experiences are similar to anyone else’s?

    The impression you get on the web is that this new procedure has very quick recovery times, but in spite of recent re-assurances I am dubious about my recovery, and wondering if I did the right thing having had the op.

    I am delighted to hear that you have such confidence. The two level axialif sounds like an amazing feat of surgery! I wish you all the best with your recovery, and please keep us all updated with how things go.

    Fortune –
    I have sent you a pm. I live in Scotland and may be able to help with your queries.

    Best wishes to everybody
  • I am new to the board but have been reading them for quite some time. I had an axialif on Jan. 15, 2009 with high hopes of being pain free and returning to work in 6 weeks. I thought I was doing ok for the first 2 weeks and then it all went down hill. I was in excruiciating pain for the next 9 weeks. I had a new mri (they never told me what it said); had an epidural injection and a "redo" spinal fusion on April 13, 2009. They said the pain was caused from instability, so they went back in and added 2 rods and 4 more screws. It's now been about 10 weeks since the 2nd surgery and I am still on pain meds every 3 hrs, can't sit comfortably for longer than 15 minutes, try to walk as much as I can each day - but can't go far - not enough strength. My days are pretty much spent laying down and being depressed and frustrated. My last appt. last week, the dr. said that it will be another 4 - 5 months before we even see any fusion progress. This sure isn't what I signed up for but I keep hoping things will get better. I know everyone is different but wanted to give insight that I wish I had before I ever did the surgery. Best of luck to all on your recoveries.
  • I have degenerative disc disease at L5-S1 and my doc wants to do Axialif. My insurance is denying it. When someone mentioned they had it and total cost was over $30000, does that include hospital, anesthesiologist, operating room, surgeon and hardware/bone grafting material?
    Also, those who had it done, would you mind letting me know your state and insurance company. I am trying to gather information to convince my insurance they are wrong.
    Anyway - I hope those who had it done are all healing well.
  • Hi There, I just joined this web site to try and help my husband. His story is just like yours... we have the axialift on jan 20th 09. He has never recovered.
    He is having a re do 360 fusion on Sept 29th.
    How are you doing now?
  • So this is of big interest to me since my surgeon is talking about this. If I pass the Sacral MRI test then he will do AxialIF otherwise I get TLIF. I'm pushing more for AxialIF. Less invasive and and less downtime. This of course assumes it is done correctly.

    He does not do AxialIF in the standard way like many surgeons are doing. He insists the ones with higher failure rates are doing it wrong. He modified the procedure and sent the video to TransS1, the makers of the product part. They are talking about using it as a training video. He first started doing this type of surgery years ago when it was tested in Europe. He spent a year in London working with surgeons doing it. Since then he has done many of them. He is getting his results down towards 1% failure. That is 1 in 100. Just have to hope I'm not that 1...

    I will start a separate thread on this if we go this route for my L5-S1 fusion and follow up with updates until I am fused. That way someone on here posts beginning to end on AxialIF.

  • I had a 2 level axialif 08/05/09. Instead of the 7 small incisions i ended up with 1 3" at tail bone, 2 5-6" on each side of spine at lumbar and 1" ON both sides under shoulder blades. Had to start just below the shoulder blades to run rods down to lumbar area, also had rod coming up from incision in tailbone area. Dr. also had to use pedicule screws instead of facet screws. I have been in horrible pain since the surgery. But just yesterday I finally had one good day and was able to make it on 2 percocets instead of the usual 7. So maybe this will be the beginning of the occasional good day. From what I understand my dr modified the procedure slightly because mine was a little worse than first thought. Had no leg pain at all for first 4 weeks after surgery then nerve pain started again. Dr put me on neurotin Monday so hopefully that will help. As of yet I can't really say if i am glad i had the surgery yet or not. I guess time will tell. Thought I would add that some of you are talking about costs and although not all of my bills are in yet the cost is at about $225,000.00 so far. That is Dr., hospital, and walker, bone stim, etc.... I have united health care and so far my portion is showing about 7000.00. I was in hospital 6 days.
  • My Axialif procedure was performed 12/1/09, I'm 3 weeks post op. I'm sorry to say that I'm having virtually the same pain and weakness as I did pre-surgery. I'm hoping this will subside in the coming weeks.
  • AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
    edited 04/11/2013 - 5:14 AM

    I had it done on 11/03/09. 7 weeks ago today. It is working so far. Still some leg pain and numbness in foot. Much better than before. Back pain from before is gone. Now just stiffness getting used to nuts and bolts screwed in my spine.

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