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Question about post ALIF

nursedina001nnursedina001 Posts: 235
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
//////////i had a 360 fusion 3 1/2 weeks ago. L4-S1. For the most part I am doing well. I do have a question though, for those of of you that had sugery throu your stomach, my sutures are STILL sotr sfter 3 1/2 weeks is that normal? And I know this will sound funny, but when I walk sometimes everything feels like it is going to fall right out of me. There is such a pressure in my lower parts I can barely walk. Anyone feel like this??


  • Hi Dina,

    I haven't had my ALIF yet (maybe after the holidays), however, I did have a C-section and know exactly how you feel. I couldn't lay on my side for a very long time because it felt like my insides were going to fall out of me. I think its a normal thing to feel.
  • Hi! I had my ALIF about 3 1/2 weeks ago. I too feel the same way. But it is getting better. I have found the more I walk, they better it seems to be feeling. I also do my slight PT they gave me to help get my stomach muscles activated again.
    This sure is a lot more than I thought I'd have to deal with going in. I think I should be feeling so much better 3 1/2 weeks out that I am.
    I don't know what's normal/what's not etc. I have my first appt with the neuro since surgery next week. We'll see how that goes.
  • since my ALIF & ADR and my incision feels way better already. It doesn't kill me to cough or move around any more and I am hoping to have the stitches removed on Tuesday. Everyone heals a bit different and I have been lucky enough to have always healed pretty quick.

    I do have a little pain just to the left of the incisions that bothers me but I do know how much moving around they had to do for the surgery. Good luck and I hope you keep on a speedy pace for recovery. I would speak to your Doctor if the pain persists though.
  • The tenderness around your stitches/staples is normal. My anterior incision was sore for quite a while. Just watch it for abnormal redness or drainage.

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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