I had my ALIF fusion on April 20th. After 7 years of pain my disc was completely gone and it was bone on bone.
I had my surgery 7am Monday and was home from the hospital by Tuesday night. I had very little discomfort at the hospital. I had a nurse come to my house twice the first week I was home and PT came twice a week. My husband was home with me the first two weeks, but I didn't really need much help.
The staples came out on Tuesday the 28th .
I went back to work (office job) half days 2 weeks after surgery. Now almost three weeks out I am driving.
I wear a brace and will for the first three months. And of course no bending lifting or twisting for three months.
My old back pain is completely gone. I do have an ache in my back that I'm told is the bone healing and it should subside.
Before surgery I was taking 40 mg of Norco a day and now I'm down to 15 mg of Norco. I hope to be off the opioids by July.
I'll happily answer any questions if anyone has any. I know I was searching for positive stories before I had my surgery.
For me it was the best thing that's happened in a long time. I can't believe the sharp pain I had is gone.