Hello All! Well, I had the ALIF on June 6th. Everything went great! I was a nervous wreck the hour before the surgery of course, LOL.... but I get like that. The Surgery took about 3 hours total. I have an incision from my belly button to my pubic bone. I'm still very swollen from it of course. But it's healing very well. The incision on my back is about 1 1/2 inches long.
But the nice thing is that I left the hospital within 24 hours from the surgery. I met all the criteria. They said I could stay longer if wanted, but I wanted to get home SO bad! I am fitted with a back brace that I will wear for the next 3 months. I'ts not bad to wear. Not uncomfortable, just a pain to get on and off when needed.
I actually thought I would be in more pain then I am/was. I thought for sure I would need a lifted seat for the toliet.... but nope. Actually not problems at all. Showers felt good to take... Sleeping is actually ALOT better then expected.
I have been going for a few walks every day around the block. It's odd that any pain I do get from that is in my hips. But Was told that is to be expected. I'm disappointed that I do still have some of the same back pain. The sharp stabbing pain when trying to get up at times. I try to keep in mind it's only been a week out. My tummy pain is basically gone now though. I don't feel like I'm dying if I cough! ha ha.
I go back to see my general surgeon to check tummy incision on June 29th and my back Dr on July 19th. I can drive again after 2 weeks from surgery. So next Monday.... WHOO HOOO! I am trying to get a good nap in during the day. One to pass time and I don't go CRAZY sitting still, and the 2nd to heal faster.
My main note to everyone is... that Ebay and Bedrest is NOT a good thing! ha ha. It gets too addicting! If anyone has questions, feel free to ask!