well it has been 3 years this month since I had my ALIF done.I had no discs left at the L5/S1 level.Now have Peek cages with BMP and a plate with 3 screws. I was thinking about this forum today ( my surgery anneversary) and how much it helped me while I was going through surgery and recovery. a lot of things have changed with the site and a lot of new people have since joined.ot even sure if any of the oldies still look at this site. (bruce/steveb to name a few) I just wanted to say that 3 years later I have my life back. The surgery for me was the best thing I have done. I can do all the things again that I could't do before like running, and just every day life with the family. I still take it easy ( don't vacuum to much or lift heavy things). My scans look great and I was wel fused at the 12 month mark.I realised that my life had changed when I was painfree while walking. Its the weirdest feeling I had. Suddenly you just realise that the pain has gone and that you have a spring in your step again. So, I just wanted to say, hang in there all of you..there are succes stories out there, its just that we are not online much anymore as we are out and about.
This is a great site for info and for support while you go through your journey to better health.It sure helped me a lot when I was going through it all.