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A/PLIF with instrumentation-Realistic Expectations

STL MommaSSTL Momma Posts: 8
edited 03/15/2015 - 9:45 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello everyone! I am new to the forum. It has been recommended I have an A/PLIF with instrumentation of my L4-S1 due to a lifting injury from Sept 2013 that caused 2 herniated discs that are touching the nerve. I am awaiting approval from work comp & hope to get the this week. Since this is a work comp injury, I have no say in the surgeon or facility but am comfortable in both. I have tried to research the procedure & recovery but am not finding much on A/PLIF It seems most people have PLIF. My surgeon stated he wanted to do the A/PLIF due to my age (34) & to give me the greatest chance of being able to return to work as a nurse. Outside of a C-section & wisdom teeth removal I have never had surgery. My surgeon is planning on sending me home the next afternoon following surgery. This really worries me 1) everything I found seems to indicate most people are in the hospital approx 5 days 2) we have 15 stairs to get to our bedroom & full bath 3) due to family issues I will be recovering home alone most of the day. Pretty much I am looking for some information on what to expect during recovery & any advice on how to prepare for surgery (I have read the post op must haves). We were thinking of getting a recliner to make it easier for me to get up & down on my own (vs our sectional) and borrowing the roll away bed from my father & setting it up on our main level to avoid the stairs the first bit. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance!


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