Hi everyone - I'm new to this, but I've really made use of this site over the past 18 months. I had an L5-S1 ALIF 3 weeks ago. I injured my back 18 months previously and followed a conservative treatment plan which included 3 epidurals, months of PT, and pain management. Surgery went well, although I had to spend an extra night in the hospital. The first 2 weeks were rough but my surgeon put me in an Aspen Quick-Draw orthosis which has increased my comfort. Although I knew this was going to be big surgery, but I don't think I was really prepared for how wiped out I was going to be. It will be 3 more weeks before I see my surgeon again. If the Xrays still look good I will start a walking program. For now I walk around our house as much as I can. It's not much, but I'm not up to much more than that. The good news is that the unrelenting preop pain has been replaced by surgical pain. The numbness & tingling in my sciatic nerve has diminished as long as I don't sit very long. So I will continue my recumbant existence and post updates as I progress. Trying to remain positive!
L5S1 ALIF 2-22-11
Now L4 Retrolisthisis