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2 week Post-op ALIF

asmithaasmith Posts: 136
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery

I used to come on the forum looking for answers in the past couple of years. And now I have finally had a fusion and have come on for support as we all do when we are down.

I havent seen a lot of people have a level 2 fusion L4L5S1 via abdomen. Is it less common?

Right after surgery was the worst, as expected...and when I came home from the hospital I thought I was never going to heal.
Now I am walking several walks a day, driving and feeling much better. A day at a time, of course. And yes..one step fwd, two steps back. But at least things are changing.

How quick did your PMs want to take you off meds? Mine wants to do it right away..but I am hesitant..what if surgery didnt work. Being my 4th one..I'm allowed to be a little skeptical!!

Thanks for reading.



  • I also had L4-S1 fusion surgery, ALIF, with PEEK cages, a plate and screws. This was done in Nov. 2009.

    I also had L2-L4 fusion, PLIF, with rods, screws and my harvested bone. This was in 2003.

    With both of my surgeries I did not have a PM. I only saw my surgeon and he determined what meds I needed. He basically left it up to me and how I was feeling, and would give me a refill or a different med to try.

    Thankfully, he never forced me to stop my meds. He trusted me to take what I needed and not more.

    Good luck with your recovery,
  • Wow! It sounds like you are doing great at 2 weeks post op!

    Your driving! That is amazing!

    You are right though, it is a long journey and it seems to have several steps back.

    For me, it almost seems weekly, especially with PT.

    Have you started Physical Therpy? You will most likely need meds while you are going through the rehabilitation process of recovery.

    There are so many muscles that have been guarding presurgery and post surgery, as well as having been cut through, moved around etc.

    I keep a pain log. I log what I taken, when, and why. I also write down what else I have tried, ie heat, ice, tens, etc. I just write it in a spiral and I take this to my PM appointments.

    That is all he wants, to just know that I really need them (duh...:)) and that I am trying other things.

    He also prescribes neurotin and flexeril.

    Maybe you should just talk to him....I'm sure he will work with you. and if not, it's time to find a new one that will partner with you.

    Hang in there! It sounds like you are doing great, but I am sure it is hard with 2 little ones to care for! :)
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