I just got back from my 3 1/2 week check up with my surgeon. (I had a PLIF) He took xrays and said everything looks good and the placement of the screws, rods and cage is perfect. He also said that I look really good for only being 3 1/2 weeks out.
The brace that I've been wearing since surgery is a hard turtle shell with a softer black material that goes on the front but the shell part can be taken off and the brace can just be used as a softer brace. I was wearing the shell 24/7, even to bed.
Today he informed me that I could take off the shell part now and just wear the black softer brace and I didnt have to wear it to bed anymore.
I'm kinda freaked out about taking it off so early.
Just wondering how long other ppl who have had PLIF's have had to wear braces etc.