Well some of you awhile back replied to my post surgery post for the AXIALIF 2L surgery, Double fusion, with 3 pedicle screws, and 2 facet screws.
My doctor was REMOVED by Z06, using Doctors names is against SH policy and according to the manufacturers of the Axialif rods, he IS the best and most experienced in the nation... if anyone is interested in this surgery he is at the...
As of week 5:
disc pain is 95% gone...you know the pain in your center of the back that throbs and throbs and never seems to go away and just feels deep inside your spine...NO MORE!!!!
The 3 pedicle screws are giving me a bit of pain along with that incision. They seem to be throbbing all day, and get swollen very easy. I find myself icing it multiple times a day.
As of week 5 I am able to bend over and pick things up, if I brace myself with my other hand and kick one leg up... much better then I was doing. Still can't really do much physical stuff or go back to lifting. But I have been walking 2-3 miles a day, and doing very light nautilus stuff in the gym (anything that keeps my back in position and puts NO PRESSURE on the spine)
Some of you said this is a 3 steps forward, 2 steps back process...and its starting to feel that way. my back (around the screws) has been giving me more problems this week, but could just be nerves growing back...because I am also getting alot of shooting nerve pain, and leg twitching.
All and All there was 3 incisions..one below my tail bone where they drilled a 15mm hole up thru my spine from S1 to L4 and inserted the double level rod. in order to restore disc height.
A small incision a few mm to the Left of the spine where they put two facet screws. this one gives me no problems.
A 3-4 inch incision 2 inches to the right of my spine, where they did 3 pedicle screws... this one is giving me problems and is where most of my pain radiats from now.... nerve pain? incision pain? swelling? not sure what is causing it or if its normal, or if its something else.
**someone had also asked me why they only used 3 pedicle screws on my right, or why they used that amount. According to my surgeon there are 2 things a surgeon can do in order to really screw up a fusion.
1) not giving it enough support thru pedicle and facet screws to allow for proper fusion.
2) giving it too much support, i.e. bracing both sides with facet screws. As in his words, a little movement in the spine actually encourges blood flow and proper fusion. If you total stabalize the spine, you will have more failures then fusions... this comming from the top surgeon in the nation for axailifs (he travels for the country and is also a teacher for this teqnique)..so I trust him!!!
Best of luck to anyone...I am always here to answer questions...in private or public.
I see my doctor next week for week 6 follow up...I will see what he has to say about my pedicle screw/incision pain (on right)