Am I just confused? I'm having an ALIF at L5-S1 on February 4th. From what I've read, they go in through the front to put in the cage and bone (or BMP, etc.) for the fusion between the vertebrae. Then, if rods and screws are to be used, can they put those in from the front too? Or do they HAVE to go in through the back for that? My doc told me he'll be using rods and screws, but as far as I know, was only going to be going through my abdomen.
I'm going tomorrow for my brace fitting, and I'm supposed to be able to ask the doc all my last minute questions too, so I'll ask for sure. But I wanted to know what you guys think too!