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Revision of failed PLIF: Infection

EmilyEEmily Posts: 112
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in New Member Introductions

Newbie here. Can say I have learnt more here about the practical realities of back surgery than anywhere else.

So, here's my story:

Isthmic spondy with breathtaking bouts of sciatica. Neurontin and diclofenac helped but left me stupid. After 6 months of worsening pain, two opinions later had a PLIF.

Horrid pain postop, still highly troublesome at 6 weeks postop. NS1 treated me as if it were all in the head. So, gritted my teeth, worked, and took up swimming. A lot of swimming.

At 10 months out, decided to ask my GP for a new referral, to a patient-friendly doctor. Success! Someone that actually listened! And imaged me!

The upshot is I have 4 loose screws, cages that have sunk into the bone and at last an explanation for my ongoing pain.

I am scheduled for an ALIF next week.


  • sorry about your back problems and the idiot that did not look after you {i have been there too} .you have already had PLIF and now ALIF you poor thing .will be thinking about you .{i too need ALIF } on a long waiting list {uk}
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
  • Sucks. Is your GP aware of this mind-numbing level of pain you have? Has he/she tried to see whether your surgery can be moved up the queue at all?

    And as a last question, did you use your right to choose a facility that can perhaps help you more quickly?
  • Welcome to Spine-Health.

    Man, I hate it when I hear of bad doctors and thus bad outcomes. My heart goes out to you that you have to have another surgery, but hope this one does the trick.

    You know it's a long recovery and having to do it over again sucks. But hopefully this is the one that will stick and make things better in the long run.

    Take care and please keep us posted. Again, welcome to our special place.

  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. good luck on your upcoming surgery.. i am sorry you are facing another one!! the forum is a great place to visit when during recovery..it can make a long day go by a lot faster!! be sure and follow the doctor's orders!! stop by the "Back and Neck surgery" forum for more input! Jenny :)
  • Thank you for the warm welcome!

    4 days to go... I'll try and post from the hospital. 3 weeks is a long time to be there.

  • I had the anterior part of the procedure yesterday. Vascular surgeon provided access and ns cleared out the disc space and removed the misplaced old cages.

    Added titanium threaded cages and hip bone graft.

    Immediate postop relief in pain and added stability apparent. PCAworking well, physio starts today (in brace). post revision in 5 days.

    This is much better, so far, than the orig prodecure where something felt wrong straightaway. This feels right.
  • Hi there,glad to hear all has gone well & it feels right this time.
    Remember to be gentle,& not try to do any bending etc.All the best for your recovery.
  • good luck on a successful recovery!!! =D> most of all, no lifting!!! be sure and follow your docotor's orders!! stop by the forum during your recovery when you are feeling alitlle better. stay well! Jenny :)
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