Has anyone had an ALIF in the rib/lung area to remove disc and than a week later have PLIF to place hardware?
On August 31, I am scheduled for an ALIF to remove disc at T12, L1-2 (remove XLIF fusion from 5/09), L2-3, L3-4. (L4-5 already fused 2009 & fine.) S1 will stay intact.
This will not be the traditional ALIF. It will be in the lung/rib area. A rib will be removed/chest tube placed & all these disc removed.
Than a week later, surgery is scheduled Sept. 7, 2010 with a PLIF to place all hardware.
Has anyone had this type of surgery?
How did you do?