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ALIF anyone

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.


  • hvillshhvills Suzhou, ChinaPosts: 724
    edited 10/18/2015 - 1:04 PM
    Dear Runner

    An ALIF surgery is a LOT BIGGER surgery than a microdiscectomy. Full recovery will be months not weeks. I've had 2 PLIF surgeries and of course the surgery site is uncomfotable but the real pain and discomfort is to your internal body... all the trama to your varioius internal bits and muscles being "moved aside"... along with the all the bone cutting and drilling. Good luck...
    Harry - 63 year old male...
    PLIF L4-L5-S1 due to disc degeneration... May 23, 2013
    PLIF L5-S1 due to failed fusion and broken screw... Jan 19, 2015
    Microdiscectomy, decompression L3-L4 due to herniated disc... Jan 19, 2015
  • Oh Man, Harry.... thanks... I have done really well with having a major major hip surgery, but this one... now I'm quite concerned.
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