It has been 5 years to date since my ALIF on level L5-S1 and as such I was thinking about this site and how everyone helped me through that difficult time in my life. The site has changed somewhat from the early days byt it is great to see that we can still help each other .
Thought I'd give you a small update as to how its going for me. I had the ALIF done with PEEK cages/BMP and bonegraft, plate and 3 screws. It took about a year to get complete fusion of the 2 levels and I suppose this will be different for each person.
I have not looked back since my surgery. Recovery is a very long road and it happens slowly. Everyday I still thank the good Doctor for fixing me up as I hop out of bed!I had yearly check ups and was given the all clear last year with the doc. being extremely happy with the result.Restrictions are still in place and will remain there such as heavy lifting and no jogging/running. Thats ok, bought myself a treadmill and walk on that, nice and even.
So, I suppose recovery and outcomes are different for everyone, but there are succes stories out there.
Take care all and I hope that you too will find relief.