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Anterior Lumbar Interbody fusion June 2nd, 2015 (2nd back surgery)

dalllasfan402ddalllasfan402 Posts: 16
edited 04/19/2015 - 9:12 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello my fellow spine patients,

Here is a little history from me. I am a retired 12 year military Veteran. Had my first back surgery (Lamenectomy/Descectomy) in 2012. The surgery worked for about 6 months then all hell broke loose. The doctor who did my first surgery was a Neurosurgeon. So, this time I decided to go with a Orthopedic surgeon who specializes only in the spine. I decided to go with the xxxx (who come highly recommended). I have severe leg pain in both legs and buttock pain that wraps around to both sides. My last MRI showed L5/S1 para central disc protrusion with degenerative disc disease along with two perineural cysts one on my S1-S2 level and another on my L5 nerve root. I have an Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion scheduled on June 2nd, 2015 and I'm super nervous. Has anyone had this surgery before? How long was your hospital stay? How much pain were you in when you woke up after the surgery, or did they manage your pain pretty well at the hospital? A lot of people are telling me they will put a catheter in you and take it out on the second day, is that true?


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  • Hi dallasfan402,
    I had ALIF surgery L5-S1 January 26, 2015. I had complete disk degeneration and the pain was constant. My second opinion was a spine surgeon who recommended the ALIF surgery. I was in the hospital 3 1/2 days. They do have to catheterize you and I believe I got mine out the 2nd day when they wanted me to get up and walk. I had no back pain after surgery. The incision hurt a little but not too bad. I only took the pain medicine for the first 3 days and haven't needed anything since being in the hospital. Once I got home I was able to get in/out of bed and go to the bathroom by myself. Prior to my surgery I over prepared but glad I did just in case (walker, grabber, shower chair, etc.). I did use the grabber a few times since you are unable to bend, lift or twist for the first several weeks if you drop something. I am now 13 weeks and I feel great. I have a little nerve irritation on my right leg behind my knee and calf but it's not constant and really is only an annoyance compared to the back pain I had. I am very happy that I had the surgery. Please let me know if you have any questions. Good luck to you with your surgery!

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