Well, I just joined this forum a few months ago and was even on the fence about the surgery around then. But, the course of events between now and then led me to get the surgery. And surprisingly the work comp approval was superfast and I got a surgical date of Oct. 3 due to a cancelation, which was an excellent surprise as my surgeon is VERY busy. He is the director of spine surgery at the university hospital where I had my operation. Everything has been a success so far, a lot of the old pain and "choked" feeling of my low back are gone. I obviously have some pain still from the bone work but the incision feels great and everything else is back to normal. I feel very strong and have to be careful not to bend or twist (or lift much) The worst part for me about the whole process was the fact that I've been on chronic narcotic therapy for this whole year so not much does ANYTHING for pain for me but at least the worst is over. Oh and I got no "push button" morphine post-op just regular shots in my iv because the more narcos they gave me; the more it would bind me up. And since they manipulate your bowels in ALIF to access the spine it’s hard enough to get em working right again without excessive morphine. So I gladly took more pain to “get to normal function sooner”! But I basically just wanted to pop in and say "so far, so good) let's hope that only improves!!
best of luck to everyone!! (Oh and an amusing... or disgusting side note, when I asked my Dr. how it looked in there, he said the disc was "like dry crab meat") we'll see how soon i eat crab again without laughing or puking!!!