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PLIF L5-s1

Hi everybody!!! My name is Steve and just had PLIF surgery. My pain started 3 to 4 years ago in my left hip. Thought it was my hip but soon found out that is was my lower back grade 2 spondy. Over the past few years it went from left hip to both hips hurting and both legs. I couldn't stand or walk for no time at all without pain. I went the Chiro route with no help and then many nerve blocks with very little help. I finally made the decision for surgery and it was done on October 16, 2013. I was reading on the forums before my surgery and really started wondering If i had made the right decision. So many horror stories and so many with still no help. Well, here is my story on surgery. I had surgery ay 10:20am on October 16th and left the hospital at 8:30am on October 17th. I was not on a morphine pump after surgery only on Percocet and Valium both orally. The pain after surgery was not bad at all and was nothing like I expected. I have had some different pain feeling in back and legs but nothing like the nerve pain and think its just the healing process. I am just a week and a half post op surgery and I feel really good. I can get up and walk as much as I want and have no problems at all. I really feel I could go back to work 2 weeks post op but am not going to take any chances. If everything keeps going as is i made the best decision I could have made and the surgery was a complete success. Just wanted to share my experience because it has been nothing but positive.
Steve Frank


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
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