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So far, so good

Having read many posts here prior to my surgery (TILF...I think thats what it's called) I was pretty hesitant. Surgery was about noon on Monday and I was up walking by 4pm. I came home around noon the following day. I have been showering without assistance, doing light housework, walking every day and walked a mile today. The only time pain is a real issue is when I'm switching positions. Laying on my back and sitting up in bed is uncomfortable so I avoid those as much as possible. Much of the numbness and pain in my left leg are gone. The surgeon told me to give it time for the pain and numbness to totally resolve. Issues using the toilet were not problems all. I'm decreasing my pain medications slowly and hope to be off soon. I could not be more pleased with how things are progressing so far  



  • Dear colobluskies,

    I’m glad for your successful recovery, Not only is it important for you, but it’s important to others having surgery hearing of your recovery.

    I myself was on the other side and with the help of members and other spine patients I took that leap of faith for surgery and now I m doing just as well, my plif was on 4/26 and was released on Monday and I haven’t looked back And I can agree with what you said, (changing positions, lying flat sucks).but that’s about it  , not what I was expecting ( expected the worst).

    Keep that positive attitude, it helps.At this point the ony thing I have a hard time doing is pulling back on the reigns (Iwant to do everything) great to hear your doing well keep us posted

  • Universe 777 so happy for you as well!   Yesterday, 16 days post-op, I did a 3 mile hike on one of my favorite trails. Not much elevation gain but it was terrific to be in the mountains. Numbness is almost gone, strength returning and I can sleep! I could go back to work but I'm going to wait one more week. Afternoon naps are still a great help. I'm so glad I went through with this surgery. The surgeon and his team have been so supportive and encouraging. I only wish I'd done it sooner.

    I hope you're continuing to do well!


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