I just thought I would make a post, I've been lurking around chat the last few days. My name is Steve and I had a 3/4 4/5 5/s1 PLIF on December 7th. I also had a pars defect that was repaired during this surgery.
Other than some strange sensations in my feet that are different than pre-op and the adjustment in how I can and have to move while healing I think Im doing pretty good. I was out of the house last night and went to see some christmas lights decorating a neighborhood not to far from my home. I thought all was well but once I got home I had some pretty serious back pain, and I'm still feeling it this morning.
I think I can feel the screws in there ( I had 8 installed + 2 rods and some other thing across horizontally near the top level fused) Really achey today, presumably from the bumpy car and the cold last night.
Are there any others in here that have had a 3 level PLIF and how are you doing? What should I expect? any tips?
I think so far so good. I know its a long road ahead.