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Hello all. I am scheduled for an ALIF L5-S1 on June 13th. I am excited to finally have a surgery date however I am super anxious about this surgery. I am a nurse and it is hard to separate from the nurse thinking "prepare for the worse and hope for the best". LOL. I have been dealing with this for over 2 years and have done everything I could possibly do to avoid surgery but it has become quite unbearable. I have been unable to work for quite a while now. I am thankful for my supportive husband and family. I will keep my thoughts positive and hopefully will have a positive outcome. So far what I have read on this site has been very informative and seems to be a very supportive community. Thank you and nice to meet you all. :D
Kellie Meredith


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,865
    I am sure that you will find your time on Spine-Health very rewarding. This site is a powerful and integrated system that is dynamic and continues to grow.
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    I am sure its difficult to separate your medical views as being a nurse and as a patient. Look at it this way, being in the medical field, you generally have more inside knowledge as to the doctor and their supporting staff. That can be on your side, plus you have the major other ingredients, a Supportive Husband and family.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
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  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
    edited 05/22/2013 - 6:35 AM

    There is a thread for June surgeries. If you can't find it let me know and I will post a link to it.
    It is a great help to be able to talk to others who are going through similar experiences and fears and after surgery the support is wonderful and encouraging to know that you are not alone.

    I had a PLIF of L4/5 3 years ago. I avoided it for 2 years because I was so nervous! I found that it wasn't as bad as I had feared and wished I hadn't waited for so long. It gave me great relief of the bilateral sciatica that was limiting my life so much and also helped a lot with the lower back pain I was getting.

    Hopefully you will be saying the same thing before long. :-)

    Are you in Ireland? I am in the UK.

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