My surgery is scheduled for 7am Friday morning. I'm having an ALIF on L4/L5. Everyday that gets closer, I'm getting more and more scared. Whew! I'll be so glad when it's done and then I'll know what to do. I've had two c-sections horizontal low down, but this will be a vertical incision to the left of my navel about 5 inches long. I don't have a clue as to how bad that will hurt or continue to be sore. I'm sure after having all the internals moved over several inches, I'll feel like I've been in a car wreck thru the middle of me.
Then, the fusion itself. Does it ache or is it painful from the bones and disc removal and cages going in???
I have the raised potty seat and arms on the sides. I got satin sheets and a grabber. Is a walker a good thing? Should I wait and see?
Also, all virtual hugs and prayers and thoughts would be greatly appreciated. I'm not normally a "needy" person, but I sure could use some encouragement today.