Today I had my 6 week post op appointment after a two level ALIF and it went very well. I got to see my x rays from the day of surgery and 6 weeks post op together and my Dr. said they looked wonderful, that nothing has moved and he can tell I've been following his post op insrtuctions. They told me I should be the poster child for this operation I'm doing so well. I get to start weaning out of the brace and in three weeks I can stop wearing the brace altogether. I'm still using the bone growth stimulator until told otherwise
I still have pain at my tailbone, hip area but it isn't as bad as the pain was before surgery and most importantly I have times now where I don't have any pain at all. It's been over three years since I have been pain free for even a few hours, so this is great.
Overall I feel like a new person, even my Dr. could tell the difference this has made in my mood.
I just wanted to come back and say don't let all the horror stories scare you off of surgery if you feel it's your last option. I was so afraid of this surgery and just worried about the horrid recovery and all of that but because I had read all of the horror stories I was prepared for this to be a lot worse than it really was. I'm not saying it can't be that bad just that it wasn't for me. I'm also very young and with the exception of being overweight in good health so that could have had some factor in doing so well with it, though I don't know that for sure. But anyways thanks for listening