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Does anyone have any positive remarks about PILF surgery

Laurie AnnLLaurie Ann Posts: 47
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Has anyone had a positive experience with PIF surgery? I am scheduled for one August 12.


  • What surgery exactly are you having? I could probably discuss things with you. I had a three level lumbar fusion..
  • There aren't a whole lot of happy things to say about the surgery or recovery process. But, 6 months later, I am able to run again with no pain in my back or down my leg, which was my highest aspiration going into it. I wish I could spin a smiley yarn about fusion recovery for you. But the first 2 months following surgery sucked hardcore. Everything got incrementally better until I found myself 6 months later running around the track amazed at how far I'd come seemingly overnight.
  • I had PLIF on L5/S1 Sept 27, 2006. Since my surgery I have raced my bicycle in several races, ran an adventure race, officiated hockey games, played golf, and done everything a normal individual would do. I wasn't an easy surgery to get through, and it took me over a year to get myself back to normal. It was worth it though, as I don't have much back pain any more.
  • Thanks for the positive stories. This really helps as I try to prepare myself to have lumbar spinal fusion. I dread it, and knowing of at least some positive outcomes (however bad the surgery and recovery are) is helping me commit to doing it. I've wondered if I could ever ski again if I do this. Looks like there's a chance! ;)
  • I am having Posterior Spinal fusion on L4-5 with rods and screws being placed
  • Heidi, I have posted a couple times since my surgery on June 10th, I had 2 level PLIF l4-s1. Like you I was scared to death. I am 5 weeks out today and did my second PT in the water today. I have very little pain, just find it hard to get comfortable sleeping. I have not taken any pain killers other than advil since July 4th. The no BLT is a pain, and I am bored, but the pain I had before surgery was gone in the recovery room and I have not felt it since. I know I have a long way to go but so far I am thrilled and pleasantly surprised that it has not been as bad as I had worked myself up for it to be. I wish you all the best in your surgery! Sherrie
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