Hi Fellow Spineys,
Today I had my 6 1/2 month follow-up from my ALIF L4-S1.
The good news is that the hardware is in place and "perfect" according to my surgeon. Also, I am finally starting to fuse, yeah!
The bad news is that I am still in pain every day. My surgeon said it is most likely residual pain from my first 2 level PLIF L2-L4. I had scoliosis, severe DDD and spondylolisthesis (in other words: a train wreck). My surgeon did the best he could with the mess that was there, but this is always going to be a problem. Thankfully I went into this surgery with eyes wide open: I wasn't expecting a pain free future, just less of it.
My Dr. wants to see me in another 3 months. I mentioned that we should probably address my neck issues at that time (severe DDD, disc herniations/bulging, kyphosis and a partridge in a pear tree). Dr. said if there was more people with spines like me we would need a lot more orthopedic surgeons in the world. I told him I was just lucky, if you don't laugh, you cry. I choose laughing most of the time.
Thanks for listening,