Hey there -
My wife is about to have L5-S1 ALIF on August 20. After over almost a year and a half of pain, all of the steroid injections, disc analysis (there's pretty much no disc left) and more pain meds than a human should be taking, she'll be getting "fixed" soon.
The internet is full of horror stories. We've got one of the best doctors (in the world, I think) who actually invented the current device that most doctors use now to put between the two vertebrae and restores space. He already fixed her cervical spine with a similar issue two years ago, and just as she was healed and running again, boom - her lower spine began having issues.
I have no doubt surgery is the way to go and although she has anxiety, she knows it's the only option left.
Anyone have similar stories and success to share? Tips post-surgery? Running was her love - anyone successfully been back at running post-fusion?
I'm hoping she (and I) gets her life back.
Thanks in advance!