I am scheduled for a 1 level ALIF in a few weeks. I had a microdiscectomy in February and my recovery from that was very easy. I had very little pain, excepting one day that was difficult. So, I have to admit, I kind of was preparing for the fusion in the same way.
Yesterday, I thought a bit more about it and realized I am going to have this abdominal incision, as well as the posterior screws. Can anyone tell me how their incisional pain was after ALIF? I know pain is individual, but having never had an abdominal incision, I don't really know what to expect... somehow I suspect I'm going to be pretty uncomfortable.