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ALIF in 2 weeks & scared to death

hm_griffithhhm_griffith Posts: 5
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:38 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hey everyone. I am scheduled for ALIF at 2 levels L4/L5, L5/S1 in 2 weeks. I am very nervous. I don't really know what to expect. I would appreciate any information that you could give me.

I have had previous surgery on Thoracic. I was involved in car accident and had a fracture at T-8. 6 months following accident I had T-8 removed and replace with synthetic vert. and fusion from T-5 to T-10. 6 months follow surgery had another surgery to remove hardware. Surgeon told me that ALIF would not be nearly as intense as 1st surgery.

So any info or words of encouragement would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for the help :)


  • My surgery was on L5-S1. They incision pain in the stomach has been the worse for me, but I am doing great. I will have to wear a brace for a minimum of 3 months. Here is a link to my surgery experience:

    I am pain free in my legs.I am able to walk a mile with no numbness or pain. I can drive again, it was so great to get out of the house. Practice log rolling and get used to pushing yourself upright using your thigh muscles instead of your back. Their is a list of post surgery must haves on this site, but the only thing I have used is the grabber. You will be amazed at how many things you manage to drop and can't pick up without grabber. Make sure you keep everything high so you can reach it. Good luck and we will be praying for you. Feel free to PM me with any questions you have. God Bless
  • if you weren't nervous at all, but your doctor is correct. Thoracic surgery is much more involved and a lot harder on the body. Lumbar surgery is no fun, but if I survived it, just about anyone can! Make sure you have things set up well for when you get home -- line up some help (I absolutely HATE to ask for help, but I asked and got some super help from family), and you should do just fine. Hang in there - if you survived the thoracic surgery, this will be a lot easier for you.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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