:H OK Here goes. I've been lurking here for the past few weeks. More frequently since I found out I have to have a L5-S1 fusion :SS . It is scheduled for 30 March 2009.
I see on my "Pre Cert" sheet that I am having a PLIF. The description fits what the Dr told me about what I needed. He just didn't call it a PLIF or ALIF. He just said that I no longer had a disk between L5 and S1 (Diagnosed with DDD in L2-L3, L3-L4, L4-L5 in August 2002) and that he was going to put in a plug, some rods and screws and allow the joint to fuse. He seemed only moderately concerned that I had waited so long to have something done. /:)
I went through PT in 2002 and that was a waste of time X( . I felt that the whole idea was just to see how much money the NS could get for some buddies in PT from my insurance before she would do her part. The experience really left me in a foul and doubtful state of mind about back surgery. :T
I waited until Feb 2009 to get a second MRI and opinion and only then when the pain got so bad I could no longer function. I am very pleased with my new NS =D> . He came highly recommended by my family doc and his nurses. He's on boards in Canada and the US and does fusions for a living. Not just something he CAN do, it's all he does do. My thought is that it's better to have your motorcycle worked on by a bike mechanic than an auto mechanic that works on bikes as a side line. I just hope I haven't waited too long and now have permanent nerve damage.
So, like I said I been lurking around here for awhile and like so many others, I have concerns about pre and post op things. Is it just me or does it seem that PLIF surgeries involve longer hospitol stays and recoveries than ALIF? I understand that we are all different and that no two of us will have the same experience. Is there something different in the two procedures that I have missed that maybe makes the one that much different than the other?
Thanks for reading this and keep on helping others help others.