Please help!!! Considering Axialif for L5-S1, out patient surgery what to expect

Please help!!! Considering Axialif for L5-S1, out patient surgery what to expect

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Please help!!! Considering Axialif for L5-S1, out patient surgery what to expect

I am strongly leaning towards Axialif surgery for L5-S1, what can I expect for after the surgery... what do I need.... how long will I be "laying around' and Eating bon-bons.

My doctor will be doing this as out-patient ( no overnight stay in the hospital) and going thru the back.

Is it normal to have NO hospital stay.

Also my doctor says that sometime in the near future (3-5 years) I will have to address L4-5. Should I wait or have a two level fusion at this time.

Has anyone had any experience with the Axialif surgery for the L5-S1 and if so what are your thoughts did you any special equipment, stay over night in hospital, how long were you down. Anything you can tell me would be a help.

Thanks to all who read this and to all that responds.

Lili

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kinpain
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Hi Lili. Welcome to the

Hi Lili.

Welcome to the forum. I have been around since March and to tell you the truth I don't remember seeing anything about your type of surgery. Even as far as outpatient surgery I saw it mentioned only a few times, maybe in relation to a laminectomy (not sure about that). Is your surgeon a NS? Just curious, because when I saw one just before my fusion surgery, he suggested an X-stop but from what he said it was kind of a temporary solution (as he put it, it will not cure the problem but will ease the symptoms). Then I went to see an OS, and he suggested the fusion. After lots of research and talking to different people I decided to go with fusion. I am glad I did, because it went rather smoothly and now my symptoms are gone, plus I had no intentions of having another surgery soon. But everybody's case is different, so ultimately it is your decision. I would consult some other doctors though before deciding one way or another.

Good luck!

Kin Smile Wink ;)

ctyankeegrl (not verified)
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hey lili, i too have never

hey lili,

i too have never heard of your type of surgery and being outpatient. really look into everything before you make a final decision especially that you may need more than just the one level. good luck!!

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I looked it up

AxiaLIF stands for Axial Lumbar Interbody Fusion - a new, alternative approach to traditional fusion procedures.
The surgeon accesses your low back through a 1-inch incision next to your tailbone. The center of the diseased disc is removed, and bone growth material is inserted in its place. This material helps stimulate bone growth over time in order to “fuse.”

The AxiaLIF implant is inserted to distract the two vertebrae, meaning that any height lost from Degenerative Disc Disease is restored to its original, healthy disc height.

Your physician may or may not add posterior hardware for further stabilization of your spine after the AxiaLIF procedure has been performed.

The procedure is minimally invasive, so the scars are very small and the procedure carries less risks than a traditional “open” surgery. AxiaLIF does not cut through important tissue or nerves; therefore, the healing process is quicker and there is less post-operative pain commonly associated with traditional fusion surgery.

The AxiaLIF procedure time is about 45 minutes on average, and patients have been released from the hospital in as little as 24 hours, returning to work in as little as 15 days.

Hope this helped.

Christina Smile

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Never heard of it...

... but here's a pretty informative website:
http://www.samedaysurgery4u.com/stories/getting.php

Good luck to you!

Tess

cherrykittykat48 (not verified)
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OUTPATIENT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Holy cow I can't imagine!!!!!!!!! Thinking

pittpete (not verified)
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They can only do L5-S1 this

They can only do L5-S1 this way Im pretty sure

Lili (not verified)
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Thanks

Both my husband and I have been back and forth, over and under, and all other ways regarding the Axialif surgery. My doctor has done injections and discectomy and has been treating me for about 10 years. He believes in the conservative approach. I haven't found fault with any of his past procedures. I like the idea of being conservative rather than do everything at once.

The discectomy was done in 2000 on l5-S1 and that is the disc I will have the Axialif done ( the disc is gone and I have (pretty much) bone on bone.

There will be one 1/4" (?) screw that will space the disc area then 2 guide screws placed on either side and then the fusion material will inserted all of this done thru an approximately 1" incision.

I was hoping someone on here had had it done.

Thank you for all your responses.

Lili

5kids (not verified)
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Lili

Lili

I looked at this procedure in January. I had a surgeon evaluate my MRI to see if I was a candidate. In the meantime I was also seeking opinions from other NS and OS. I ended up going with the 2 level fusion. I was ready to get my problem fixed and I needed to have both levels done. It is correct that they can only do this procedure on L5/S1. I decided to go ahead and have the fusion since both levels were causing me pain according to my discogram.

Knowing that I needed both levels made this decision easier for me. If I had only needed the one level I would have seriously considered it.

The reading I did, indicated that the recovery was much quicker. I was able to locate some studies online which discussed patient outcome. Try doing a search and see what you come up with.

Good luck making your decision. That for me was the most difficult part.

Lili (not verified)
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2 level Alif

5kids,

I thought the Axialif 2 was just FDA approved. Did you have the actual Axialif procedure? I was just on a website for Mount Sanie (sp) hospital (went thru YAHOO) to view a Axialif 2 surgery. It was for L4-5/L5-S1 . It was pretty cool.

I know that the majority of my pain (80%) is L5-S1 and knowing that new procedures are coming soon, do I want to permanately fuse a disc that could be saved in 4 years?

If the fusion goes as it should and pain is relieved, what are the restrictions of movement? bending from the waist, turning, etc???

I want that crystal ball back, the one I sold in that yard sale, when I was young and healthy. Smile

Lili

Mark A L (not verified)
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re Axialif

HI Lili, I too am considering this, I live in Australia and there is one surgeon here that does it. I havent seen him yet but he has my films. It seems to me to be a good , non invasive treatment for a disc that wont get better by any other treatment but its not that well known, particularly over here so I am concerned about that. Please let me know if you have had the procedure of have discovered more about it.

Mark.

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