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XLIF combined with Posterior fusion 3 levels

sharyn51ssharyn51 Posts: 20
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:49 AM in Degenerative Disc Disease
I underwent a XLIF (lateral interbody fusion) combined with a posterior approach 2 levels fusion on 12/13/2010.

This is my third back surgery in 5 years. I am now one month post op and my back is feeling fairly good. However, the lateral approach incision was really painful for at least one month and I have nerve related issues into my left leg and thigh (numbness, tingling). I still cannot sit for over 30 minutes. Has anyone had a combined procedure like this.?
Any suggestions or answers welcomed.

Sharyn B.
Laminectomy L4-5 2005
Anterior/Posterior Fusion L4-L5 2006
XLIF with Posterior Approach L3-4, L5-S1
DDD, herniated discs, spondylosis


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    Hi Sharyn

    I totally understand where you are coming from.
    I have had 5 (2 fusions)surgeries withing 4 years and now pending my 6th. I am completely exhausted mentaly and physicaly...

    I had the same as you "XLIF with Posterior Approach L3-4, L5-S1" in 2009. This fusion was successful for only 3 months. I had the hardware removed 1 year later, felt better but then symtoms returned.

    Now year 2011 and so early within the year I am schedule for a mri and catscan this coming Friday. The reason?

    Standing longer than 5 minutes...extreme pain
    Walking longer than 10 minutes...extreme pain
    Sitting longer than 20 minutes...extreme pain

    Since 9/2010 I have had lower back, butt, leg and foot pain.(left body side) Recently same symptoms are on the right side.

    I can only offer that the pain you are having can only be one of two...you are still healing or there is more that needs to be researched by your doctor.

    4 years for me sometimes has gone by quickly and other times slowly. Time is the only answer at this point for you.

    Luckily for me I can sit, stand or walk at work when needed. This does not help the pain but does allow me to focus on something else other than feeling the pain when sitting. Medications do help but I hate to take them...far too many years on them.

    Hang in there with both hands. Give your post op a bit more time, then talk with your doctor. I know this truly does not help...but the best I can offer ...
  • thank you for your supportive words. Good luck to you. Every time I think that I have been through it all, I find someone else who has gone through more than me, Spines.....we should be like apes and just bend over, I do't think the spine was mean't to keep us erect!
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  • Also, why did they have to remove the hardware? I can actually feel it with my hand when I move my hand across my spine.

  • i had a two level XLIF on Dec 13. I was told not to sit for longer than 20-30 minutes at a time. It puts too much pressure on the fusion. I was also told this with the two level PLIF I had in 2008. Just for your info.
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