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ALIF how long did the surgery take

immyaliimmyali Posts: 399
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi all,

Just curious, how long did the surgery take for a one level anterior lumbar fusion?

I'm guessing everyone's times were different, given the speed of the doctors, the difficulty of the individual operation etc.

But I was wondering what the average time was for this surgery.




  • My surgery lasted 1 1/2 hours (two months ago). Before surgery I was too ignorant to know what a major surgery it was so my attitude was to not let it have any power over me. The morning after surgery the Physical Therapist came in to see if I could get up and walk. I hopped out of bed and we walked around the hall. His words were, "You're not going to be needing us". I came home pain free, and I still follow my OS's orders about not bending, lifting, or twisting. I rest if I feel that I need to, and the same goes for walking. If I wasn't already retired, I felt good enough to have returned to work in two weeks. This is my experience, and I know that others have stories that are not so encouraging. But, I believe that you deserve to know that not everyone has a terrible time with this surgery. Feel free to PM me if you like. I'll answer any questionis that I can. Good luck to you.

  • That's really encouraging to hear, I thought the surgery was around 5 hours and i've had so many people say I won't be doing much for months and months. So it's nice to hear someone have such a positive experience following the surgery. I realise I may not be so lucky, but it is nice to hear some positives.
    Thanks you've made my day.
  • I had 2 levels worked on and 2 different procedures done. They expected almost 6 hours but I was in recovery in about 4.5 hours. I too have had great results and I am currently recovering nicely.

    Keep in as good of shape prior to surgery and take your vitamins (D, Multi, fish oil, calcium). Of course, check with your doctor before taking anything.
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