I have read many posts regarding the continual back pain after ALIF Spine Surgery. I had this surgery done on 5/21/12.
for the L4/L5, L5/S1, and have been unable to return to work due to the back pain and abdominal pain. I am still on Hydros and muscle relaxers around the clock just to manage the pain. The Vascular Surgery that did the incision on my abdomen used the old C-Section scar. about an inch above the naval all the way down. It's been almost 4 months now and I am still experiencing extreme tenderness in the lower left quadrant. I know that this is a major surgery and the Vascular Surgeon had to move things out of the way to get to the spine, but after this amount of time, it looks like the pain and tenderness in the abdomen would be gone, not to mention the back pain.