Hi all, I am looking at having an ALIF with Pedicle Screws in the next month and am wondering what to expect.
Heres a little background:
-Injured my back at work in July 2011, MDs thought it was a muscle injury, went to PT for 6 weeks, pain was unbearable, MRI done and found ruptured disc at L5-S1. Discectomy 10/11, pain didnt subside. Referred to new MD, tried steroid injections, didnt work. MD did exploratory surgery and found my facet joint was so tight that it was compressing my nerve root. He took out my right facet joint and said after surgery that I may need a fusion in the future due to instability. I went on a boat (ya, i know STUPID) and now pain and mobility is leaving me bed-bound.
Prior to this injury I was very active, working out, boating, fishing, any and all outdoor activities. My doc says that because im young (im 27) and usually very active and this injury is leaving me depressed and impatient, that doing a fusion would be my best option.
Im scared of having a third surgery in under a year, and have a fear of staying in the hospital more than a day (its ridiculous because Im an RN and basically lived in the hospital before this lol).
What is the recovery like? What is the pain like and how long does it last? Im nervous and want this surgery to work so badly so I can get back to going out to the beach and the boat without dealing with crippling pain.