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360 coming up...

alcbaalcb Posts: 140
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:28 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
My story is below. I am having a revision...sort of at L5/S1, the beginning of May. I had PLIF the 1st time, and have had 2 C-sections and a hysterectomy in the past. I am dreading the pain all over again, especially combined with abdominal pain and muscle weakness. What challenges have others faced with having a 360...or even just a revision, b/c the scar tissue is going to be tough (literally). My OS says my recovery is going to be about the same as my PLIF, but I have my doubts. I was back to work 1/2 days at 7 wks and full days at 8 wks. (I'm a nurse in an MD's office) Any suggestions or comments?? All are appreciated!!!


  • I had my 360 with artificial disc replacement in mid November. I am back to work and all is as expected. I have some sorenes in my mid and upper back from overuse but that is expected. The doctor said I will be sore at first and to take OTC pain reliever as needed. My recovery was unbelievably smooth and easy. I really felt great, no abdominal pain at all even though my scar was about 8 inches horizontally for access to my L4/L5 area. They didn't cut muscle but rather pushed it out of the way so the pain is not hysterectomy pain, thank God. I wish you success and a speedy recovery.
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