I have finally found a Dr that has agreed that a two level (L4-S1) ALIF is a good option for me. My last Dr. said that fusion would not help my pain at all only to tell my PMD that he really doesn't want to do it because I'm so young. I went to Neuro today and he explained everything to me so much better than any Dr has before. He has told me my option at this point is to continue going in circles with pain management/ injections and PT or to have surgery that he thinks has an 85% chance of making me feel better.
I understand the risks involved in having this surgery as well as what I have to do to even get the surgery and I have decided that I'm going to do it. I have been instructed it would be best if I lost some weight before hand and I have to have Pyhsc clear me because of my mental history but I'm glad to do these things in order to feel better. He is worried that my metal health will suffer if the surgery doesn't work, which is a very reasonable thing to worry about IMO. Basically I am just relieved to know that there may be an end in sight. I know it might not work and that I can end up worse and will most likely end up having more surgeries down the road but I'm okay with that if there is that good of a chance that my life can change and I can play with my kids. Recently I've had a large increase in pain and have ended up having to walk with the dreded cane more often so I'm ready to find the end.
Mostly what I'm writing here for is to let those who have helped me before know that my new dr is thinking this is a good thing for me and also to get point of views on ALIF, your experiences and so on.
Did it help you, yes I know this is very from person to person?
What did you do to prepare for the surgery?
Is there any excersies that are back friendly that can help me in losing some weight? Could water arobics aid in this?
If you have had to have more surgeries because the disks below or above have given out, how long were you able to go in between surgeries, again I know this is very?