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Surgery Scheduled 12/19

so over itsso over it Posts: 51
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I finally have a date =D> My surgery is scheduled for 12/19 at 7:30. Can anyone please tell me what to expect for a Minimally Invasive Poster Lumbar Fusion? I honestly don't know what to expect? I am getting staples instead of stitches :SS . Does the removal of staples hurt?I want to get myself mentally prepared. Any feedback is greatly appreciated.


  • I'm not sure about a minimally invasive surgery as I just had a normal PLIF but I'm sure alot of ppl on thiss site can give you their advice.
    Best of luck on your upcoming surgery and I hope it along with your recovery goes well =)

    Best Wishes,
    Christina >:D<
  • I haven't had surgery yet but wish you all the best and a speedy recovery. I think staples are better to me since being an RN and have removed both and I find staples much easier to remove. They're bigger and come out easier.I'm sure if you follow December surgeries and surgerry above topics you'll find more info. Take care Charry.
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
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  • I haven't had surgery yet, but I just want to wish you good luck. >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D<
  • best of luck on your surgery im getting mine done a day before yours (lumbar laminectomy). i personally think staples would be more convinient
  • Hello SO, I had open PLIF with internal stitches and only steri-strips. It was great since there was nothing to remove but the tape strips on day 10. I think docs like staples cause they are much faster to put in than stiches. Anyway I have an awesome link to minimally invasive surgery. I will post it below. It is very informative about fusion in general as well. Check it out :) Sue

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  • Thank you for the post. I couldn't watch the video because I get really squeamish :T
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