My disc space is collapsing after the microdiscectomy I had back in February. After several opinions (including one guy who wasn't comfortable doing anything, but I think it was due to his young age as a NS...36 years old) I consulted with an orthopedic surgeon specializing in complex spinal procedures and decided it was time for fusion. I was surprised to hear him say however that he does not do a vertical incision to the side of the abdomen, but rather a horizontal incision just below the belt line (I can continue wearing my Speedos at the pool, he joked), and he also claimed most of his ALIF patients go home the same day. I'm hopeful this will finally end my excruciating sciatica, and completely nervous to be undergoing my 2nd back procedure in a year. I'm tired of 3 Percocets & 3 Somas a day (going on 3 months now) and still not being able to put my socks on in the morning without tear-inducing pain. I also worry about scar tissue in there.
Anyone else out there undergo an ALIF with a horizontal incision? I've exhaustively researched all the fusion procedures I can and have yet to see that one.
Nervous, nervous, nervous.