Long time reader of the forum and my first time posting.
On March 23, 2009 I had a 270-degree fusion with anterior lumbar interbody fusion and minimally invasive, percutaneous posterior instrumentation on my S1-L5 & L5-L4. This was for DDD. The surgery took about 6 hours. I stayed in the hospital fours nights and was released on the fifth day.
I stayed home and started driving my car four weeks out. On May 18th I started back to work on a half-day schedule for four weeks. I'm a manager of an accounting department at a large financial institution, so it's a desk job. I began full-time days on June 15th.
The surgery went fine and the results have been what I expected. The left leg numbness and "drop-foot" I was experiencing are gone. I can now walk without pain or numbness and it's GREAT! Also, the back pain I had at my left lower back is also gone. I believe that was the site where the nerve was being compressed.
As to surgery negatives, well, I still can't sit too long, an hour or so, and then I need to get up and walk. The posterior surgery site with the instrumentation is the area where the soreness is. That will take some time to heal and I was expecting it. My surgeon told me before surgery that this would be an 8-12 month commitment for this procedure; from surgery to full healing and I shouldn't over-do-it. I'm not. I take a Norco once or twice a day for this pain and that does take the edge off.
The only other thing I've noticed is some tingeling in my left foot but nothing that stays too long; just comes and goes. I suspect my nerves are still sorting themselves out since the ALIF does caues a bit of disruption inside your body.
I saw my surgeon, who is a real pro, on Monday and we looked at my xrays. Everything looks good and you can see fusion starting at the S1-L5 and L5-L4 areas. On the xray the area is "cloudy" showing that bone material is growing.
Overall, I believe I have had a successful surgery. Sorry for the long post, although if you have any questions please let me know.