I just scheduled a two level (L4-S1) minimally invasive TLIF surgery for December 3. (I am not doing it earlier because we have had a trip to Disney planned for over a year during Thanksgiving week.)
I am interested in hearing about anyone's experience with having this procedure done, especially with the minimally invasive technique. The neurosurgeon said that I would only be in the hospital for two nights, there would be less blood loss, no cutting of muscles and the surgery would be about 3 hours. He has done the surgery 100s of times. This is compared to another surgeon I saw who wanted to do a PLIF with a 5 hr surgery, 4-5 night hospital stay, and cutting of muscles.
I am very excited about the minimally invasive approach. The articles that I have read about it sound promissing. So, I would like to see if anyone else has had this and if there are any down sides to the procedure?