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How long were you in the hospital for your surgery, and what surgery did you have?

happyHBmomhhappyHBmom Posts: 2,070
edited 07/11/2015 - 7:03 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I was surprised to see Angelanic out in 2 days after double fusion! My doctor was quite clear that I should expect to be in 5-6 days. I am not sure whether this is because my surgery entails a bit more (vertebrectomy + realignment+360) and recovery will be harder, or because of different policies? Or both?

I was also told I would not be able to leave until I was cleared for personal care by PT, so walking stairs, getting in and out of a car, etc. I thought this sounded like a great service, do they offer this at all hospitals?

Very curious :) I know I will be itching to get out as soon as they are no longer giving me IV pain meds!


  • Hi HB,

    2 level PLIF stayed in hosp. 5 days, 2 level ALIF in hosp. for 2 days.

    I also had a checklist of things I needed to do before being released.
  • - 1st hemilaminectomy, in hospital 11 days
    - 2nd laminectomy, in hospital 6 days
    - 2 level lumbar fusion, in hospital 5 days
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  • My stay was only one day in at 6:00 am out at 6:00 am the following day.I was the only patient for the night,the nurses were quite good to me.
  • So the anterior definitely seems to be a shorter stay if no complications! Do you think it's the incision that keeps you in longer or the procedure?

  • I'm just guessing .I think it's because they dont cut any muscles with alif that the stay is shorter.
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  • I was expected to be two days but ended up being 5 because I couldn't urinate on my own. Basically, when you can get up out of bed and walk around you are ready to leave.

    I am now at 2 weeks. Got my staples out today and it is looking good. I am walking around much better but still on pain killers. I am going to start stretching them out as long as possible (dr suggested to try out to 8 hours). He told me there is nothing I am not supposed to do (except drive on pain killers) but take it easy easy easy. I shouldn't do anything that hurts. The driving would be short distances. I also don't have any requirements on things to do except take it easy and don't rush anything.

    Next visit is in 4 weeks after getting an x ray to see how things are going. Then we will also make decisions on going back to work.

  • to be in the hospital for 4 days. I was also supposed to have a PLIF. Instead, I had a PLIF in which they put the rods and screws in my back, and four days later, I had an ALIF to take my damaged discs out and put my spacers, dowels, allograft and BMP in. I was in the hospital a total of one week, 7 days. 3-level lumbar 360 fusion.
    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    For my cervical fusion I was in for 2 nights.

    For my recent lumbar fusion I was in 7 days. They did a version where they go in from the back but instead of opening up the abdomen as well they went in from the side (I have a 5 inch incision above my right hip). Thus this also affects the GI system and you can't eat for a number of days so this can extend the stay a bit. I was never pushed to be discharged and the doctor advocated for 2 extra days when I had pain management issues.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • That's what I'm having as well, Az. Posterior and Anteriolateral. Thanks for the warning :) I fully expect to have my own host of issues, I always do!
  • I was in for 5 days after laminectomy/discectomy in 08, and also for 5 days after ALIF L4/5 in 09.

    With both surgeries, food was restricted for 2 days and then only a very light diet.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
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