So after a very successful discectomy I have found after 7 months I can't truly walk very much without pain. I had been told the pars defect would cause me pain, and I didn't really believe it, but wow it now does. I'm still glad I didn't have the fusion because it allowed me to have a great ultra marathon swim in the Florida Keys this year. But now... with the sudden degeneration of my walking ability my surgeon is suggesting a minimally invasive ALIF for L5/S1.
Everything I read says 2-3 days in the hospital and 4 -12 weeks recovery.
I have a desk job (Thank you Jesus!).
My surgeon is telling me that I can go home that day and be back at work in 2 weeks. Since I would need to apply for FMLA if gone longer, I am kind of confused. Has anyone had an ALIF one level and done it same day?