I had ALIF 360 surgery on Monday April 1st 9AM checking in at 730 AM with Dr xxxx I was back in my recovery room about 3PM. I have had a good result and minimal pain so far. I had the normal pain in back and stomach. I was up and walking on Tuesday morning and throughout the day until being discharged after 3 days. I had problems getting comfortable in the bed and getting up, once up I managed and felt better up and mobile. My legs were tired and hips were in pain and got better the more I was moving. I did use the pain button for the 1 mg of Morphine often when in bed. Tuesday I did ask for Percocet which worked great for the pain. I had little appetite but drank a lot of fluids. I urinated on the 2nd and 3rd day. I was also passing gas 2nd day and not much bloating or stomach distended. I had a Foley catheter in until the morning I was released. Catheter did cause some concern due to purple bruising and swelling This swelling has all but gone on day 5 after icing and rolled wash cloth placed under scrotum.
The 2nd day I met with PT and did the walking and stair routine. The 2nd day I was good to on my own walking around hospital when I wanted and felt comfortable. Once home i am taking Tylenol 3 for pain and Risoprodol for spasms. I slept a few hours in a recliner and by 4th day in my bed with help to get in and out. Showering is a challenge to not bed and wash your legs. Replaced my bandages and incisions look good. I am seeing my left foot swell and a burning pain in end of foot. My Right foot was swollen and has reduced and just about back to normal no problems. I have been elevating and icing swollen left foot seems to help. I have my post op appointment on April 15th. I am able to walk around the house and neighborhood with my hard brace and walk stairs too. Any questions feel free to message me.
Post edited to remove name of specific hospitals and surgeon. by Liz The Spine-Health Moderator Team