I am 5 days post op. I had a one level (L5) PLIF. I am very embarrassed to say I don't know what the heck the surgeon did other than putting a bracket in to keep the L5 in place. I guess I'll find out more at my 2 week post op appointment about the details of my surgery.
I have a couple of questions for those who have had a similar surgery.
1. How long does the pain last? Does it get better daily or will there be times that one day you feel good and the next day you are in pain again? Why is recovery so long - 6 weeks to 8 months?
2. Has anyone experienced trouble with brackets installed that have shifted out of place or a screw coming loose? I can't quit thinking about it. Would it take something major for that to happen or could it happen if you don't follow the blt rules? I have been laying in a recliner once in awhile and you can't follow the blt rule getting out of a recliner.