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AxiaLif complications

workingmom123wworkingmom123 Posts: 6
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:43 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Duplicate post deleted (again). Another attempt at duplicating posts will result in formal warnings, which could lead to banning

Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Administrator 05/10/10


  • You can read my journal here.


    I also had AxiaLIF on Nov/09. My personal opinion is something is wrong. Especially if it got much worse immediately after surgery. I did not have that issue or any issues with bowel movements. I can walk, sit, drive cars, do eliptical, Pilates, pretty much anything I want. IS there some pain, yes. Like before surgery, absolutely not. I was given the choice of AxiaLIF or traditional TLIF. I chose this.

    I am going to my 6 month post-op appointment this afternoon. My only complaints are my back feels stiff in the morning. My muscles are always tight over the hardware in the back. This is the rods and screws you would get from traditional surgery. I have a small amount of scar tissue that might be causing the tight muscles. The only time I get leg pain is from sitting too long. I'm not sure anyone who gets their spine fused enjoys sitting for long periods.

    Is he actually fusing? Have you seen the original surgeon post-op? Gotten ongoing x-rays? Done an MRI? Look for another surgeon? Some are most certainly not pro-axialif as you say. Some are. There maybe other complications from the surgery or the recovery.

    I'd definitely agree on the urologist. Also a proctologist would be a good idea. You need to know if the bowel movements are from the surgery in some way. I do know pre-op that I was told I must completely empty my bowels before surgery. I did the whole cleansing thing until I was just releasing liquid. Then ate nothing until after surgery. My surgeon really made a big deal about this as you can easily nick that area doing the axialif drilling and fitting. That and the curvature of your tailbone is a big deal. The pre-op MRI should have shown this so the surgeon could verify the angle.

    I would not let the surgeon just unload me on a PM doc. I made that very clear with my surgeon before surgery. It would be a success when we both agreed on that. My opinion of being sent to a PM doc post op is being unloaded to be drugged up so I'll shutup and stop bothering him. I would not accept that as a solution. PM docs have their place. I wouldn't agree that this is one of them.

  • I'm very sorry to hear your husband is having so many problems with his recovery. I can speak from experience when I say it is very devastating to end up with more pain than prior to surgery...for him and for your whole family.

    Have you talked with his surgeon, and what is his reasoning for the increase in pain? Has he had X-rays and MRI to determine if the hardware is in the proper position?

    If you have not received satisfactory answers from the surgeon, I would suggest you keep looking for a new fellowship-trained spine surgeon that will take him on. Sometimes you have to go to a large teaching hospital at a major clinic or university to find that right doctor that will take on some other doctor's surgery. But some thrive on the challenge. It's a matter of hooking up with the right person.

    Unfortunately, bladder and/or bowel issues can evolve when there are issues at the L4-5 and L5-S1 segments of the spine. Hopefully the urologist can sort that out or refer your husband to a spinal specialist who can determine the cause of the problem.

    Regarding the leg pain, you need to find a doctor who can determine if it might be a result of a problem with the hardware...something may have moved shortly after surgery, or if there is nerve compression. Once you have sorted out what is causing the pain, then you will know what to do to move forward.

    I will leave the comments on the AxiaLIF procedure to those on the board who have had it.

    Please let us know what happens with the new doctor.

    Wishing you both some answers soon.
  • Could you please stick to 1 thread and not post in every thread on the forum with the word AxiaLIF in it... it's bad form on any internet forum. Thx.

    We're trying to offer you some help and direction and it would work best if we stuck to 1 thread.

  • Edited for inappropriate comments by Authority member haglandc
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