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Has anyone had an ALIF in the rib/lung area to remove disc and than a week later have PLIF to place

dogtoes35ddogtoes35 Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
On August 31, I am scheduled for an ALIF to remove disc at T12, L1-2 (remove XLIF fusion from 5/09), L2-3, L3-4. (L4-5 already fused 2009 & fine.) S1 will stay intact.
This will not be the traditional ALIF. It will be in the lung/rib area. A rib will be removed/chest tube placed & all these disc removed.
Than a week later, surgery is scheduled Sept. 7, 2010 with a PLIF to place all hardware.
Has anyone had this type of surgery?
How did you do?


  • I don't have experience with thoracic spine problems, but if you are inquiring about the week between surgeries, I do know a couple people who had the procedure done that way.

    Usually if it is only one or two levels, the surgeon elects to do it all at once. But in your case, I can see where the surgeon wants to perform the surgery in stages, to give you a chance to recover a bit before going ahead with the PLIF. As I'm sure you are aware, this will be a BIG surgery. Thoracic spine surgery is usually more complicated than lumbar surgery.

    I would guess it would take a bit longer to recover from the actual surgery, since it will involve the rib cage. Do you know if they will run rods from T-12 all the way down to connect up to the L4-5 surgery? Or perhaps the surgeon will stop one level up since you are already fused at L4-5.

    I wish you will.
  • I've not had the same surgery you are scheduled for, however I have undergone back to back surgeries both lumbar and cervical. The good thing about having back to back surgeries is that each time I was kept hospitalized and on IV pain meds. So for me it just seemed like one big long surgery. Once the second one is over, it's like waking from a single surgery and then the recovery begins. Basically if I know I have to have more than one surgery, if they can be handled back to back, baring any unforeseen reason not to, I prefer to "get er done" and get into recovery mode as soon as I can.

    Second Self

    When you get a chance, please feel free to drop into the New Members forum and let us know a little bit about yourself and how you were injured.

    Spine Health has the best on line members forum I've come across, feel free to come on in, kick your shoes off and sit a spell.

    dogtoes Welcome to Spine Health. We may not be able to specifically answer all your questions, but we will be here for you regardless.

  • I had my lumbar fusion surgery in two stages. They went through the back first putting in the hardware. Ten days later they went through the front, taking a piece of my hip and wedging it in place. I was in the hospital the whole time. The 10 days was longer than they anticipated because I had a lot of blood loss from the first surgery.

    Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007.
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