I was just wondering what type of scars people had after the ALIF/360 surgery. The surgeon says the anterior part will look much like a hysterectomy scar but he hasn't said much about my back. I was just wondering what some of you guys had experienced in the scar department.
I am a 33 yr old female w/herniations at L4/L5 and L5/S1 from working on an ambulance. I fought surgery for 4 years and tried everything for pain management including multiple epidural/cortisone injections, oral pain medications and PT. My last round of epidurals and cortisone lasted 2 months and was comprised of 10 different injections. I decided that, after 4 years of injections, I couldn't keep pumping my body full of these drugs and I gave in to surgery. My surgeon is an orthopedic surgeon specializing in spinal surgery. He has told me I will be having the ALIF surgery and that he will also be going through the back to put in the screws--I haven't found the terminology, but I think that's the 360 surgery. I am currently waiting for Worker's Comp approval for my surgery. My surgeon has already gone over the technicalities of it with me and I've done some research on my own. The one thing I can't find any information about is probably the vainest thing possible!
I knew going into this it was a major surgery, but after reading some of these posts I'm starting to get a little scared. Its good to know that there are other people out there who have experienced the surgery and are willing to share their stories.