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TLIF scheduled

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Well I just got back from speaking with my neuro. We scheduled surgery for April 13. It will be a minimally invasive TLIF L5-S1. He said I will be in the hospital for at least one night but may be able to go home the next day depending on how I feel. He said he just did this surgery on a woman on Wednesday and she went home Thursday morning. He said he beleives I have a 90% chance of an elimination of pain and that's being pessimistic. I asked him about getting pregnant with out having the surgery he said there is a very real chance that the vertebrae can slip forward even more or I could get permanent nerve damage and that my back pain will probably be even worse than it is now. When I think of it that way I know I made the right decision. My husband and I are both ready for children and I don't even want to think about my back pain being any worse. So I will be printing out the list of post op must have and if anyone has any other tips for me I am all ears!


  • I had the regular open back TLIF on L4-S1 last year for retrolisthesis (opposite of spondy)severe DDD, reherniation and nerve compression. My surgeon performs minimally invasive fusions too but couldn't do it in my case. I spent 4 days in the hospital, and recovery was difficult. Everything went well in surgery, and as far as I know I'm fused, but I still have chronic back pain and sciatica. I know you'll do well and recover soon, and eventually plan on having a family one day. It's good that you're scheduled for April because you don't want to risk permanent nerve damage, take it from me.

    Here are my MUST HAVES: pillow, more pillows, grabber, shower seat, scented candles, IPOD, orthopedic mattress, fuzzy socks, trays, magazines, books, TIVO, track suits, sweats, shorts, tv dinners, healthy snacks, mini cooler, cordless phone, etc. That's all I can think of for now.
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