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ALIF, XLIF lumbar fusion

Has anyone on here ever had a 2 part lumbar fusion? I am supposed to have the first on Dec. 18 and the second Dec. 20.Thank you. I am scared cause I am reading that having my entire lumbar spine fused may be risky. I am just in awful pain and now allI do is sit around.
Ellen Arnel


  • I can't help but to smile at this post... "may be risky"... Let me put your mind at ease and just tell to replace the "may" with "is" and you have pretty much covered it. Having your entire lumbar spine fused is... well... major major surgery. But, it is way worth the risk involved to reclaim your life. I can certainly relate to the fear, and the long recovery, but there is another side. Try to focus on that and when the nerves start to get the best of you think of things to do that will help you feel more prepared.

    I also saw where you posted a question about rehab. I asked the same thing to my surgeon before having my major surgeries. I was 32 and he said that with routine lumbar fusions at my age it usually wasn't necessary, especially with the support of my family that I would have at home. Unfortunately, my surgery wasn't routine and long story short I ended up with a spinal cord injury, spent 2 weeks in the hospital and was transferred via ambulance to a rehab hospital for three weeks. I would have thrown a complete hissy if I had "been in my right mind" at the time to have to spend that much time in the hospital but it was truly a blessing in disguise. If you are offered a chance to go to an inpatient rehab after you are dismissed from the hospital give it some serious thought. I truly believe it made a tremendous difference in my recovery. Best of luck to you.
    33yo mom of two. My surgical history...preadolescence scoliosis, kyphosis, and a hot mess.... 5 spine surgeries and lots of items added I wasn't born with (titanium, peek, surgical steel). Guess cremation is out. TSA loves me.
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