I wasn't sure where to post this because I have multiple issues, but this board seems to make the most sense and I hope I'm right about that.
This past week I went for my 6 month post op with the neurosurgeon -- I had ACDF with instrumentation for C4-6 in January. My fusion is "coming along as expected" but it will probably be another six months before it is complete. I still have some pain, very little side-to-side ROM and trouble swallowing.
At my 3 month post op the neurosurgeon mentioned taking a look at my lumbar spine because it has been giving me problems for nearly 2 years. He had looked at my MRI and then ordered a whole bunch of x-rays last week that showed the problems he was trying to see more clearly. The x-rays showed significant scoliosis (not fixable), bone spurs, disc bulges at L3-4 and L4-5 and a herniated and flattened L5/S1 (DDD) with some nerve involvement. All of this is causing a lot of radiating leg, foot and hip pain. The neurosurgeon recommended ALIF if the pain and lack of mobility get to a point that I no longer want to continue conservative treatment. I definitely don't want surgery again so soon and will probably have another epidural steroid injection, even though they have not worked for me in the past. I am wondering if anyone has had ALIF surgery and what you are willing to share with me about it. I've done some research and it doesn't sound like an easy surgery to recover from. Thanks for anything you are willing to share.