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Please help!!! Considering Axialif for L5-S1, out patient surgery what to expect

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,159
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:19 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am strongly leaning towards Axialif surgery for L5-S1, what can I expect for after the surgery... what do I need.... how long will I be "laying around' and Eating bon-bons.

My doctor will be doing this as out-patient ( no overnight stay in the hospital) and going thru the back.

Is it normal to have NO hospital stay.

Also my doctor says that sometime in the near future (3-5 years) I will have to address L4-5. Should I wait or have a two level fusion at this time.

Has anyone had any experience with the Axialif surgery for the L5-S1 and if so what are your thoughts did you any special equipment, stay over night in hospital, how long were you down. Anything you can tell me would be a help.

Thanks to all who read this and to all that responds.



  • Hi Lili.

    Welcome to the forum. I have been around since March and to tell you the truth I don't remember seeing anything about your type of surgery. Even as far as outpatient surgery I saw it mentioned only a few times, maybe in relation to a laminectomy (not sure about that). Is your surgeon a NS? Just curious, because when I saw one just before my fusion surgery, he suggested an X-stop but from what he said it was kind of a temporary solution (as he put it, it will not cure the problem but will ease the symptoms). Then I went to see an OS, and he suggested the fusion. After lots of research and talking to different people I decided to go with fusion. I am glad I did, because it went rather smoothly and now my symptoms are gone, plus I had no intentions of having another surgery soon. But everybody's case is different, so ultimately it is your decision. I would consult some other doctors though before deciding one way or another.

    Good luck!

    Kin :) ;) ;)

  • hey lili,

    i too have never heard of your type of surgery and being outpatient. really look into everything before you make a final decision especially that you may need more than just the one level. good luck!!
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  • ... but here's a pretty informative website:

    good luck to you!

  • Holy cow I can't imagine!!!!!!!!! :?
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  • They can only do L5-S1 this way Im pretty sure
  • Both my husband and I have been back and forth, over and under, and all other ways regarding the Axialif surgery. My doctor has done injections and discectomy and has been treating me for about 10 years. He believes in the conservative approach. I haven't found fault with any of his past procedures. I like the idea of being conservative rather than do everything at once.

    The discectomy was done in 2000 on l5-S1 and that is the disc I will have the Axialif done ( the disc is gone and I have (pretty much) bone on bone.

    There will be one 1/4" (?) screw that will space the disc area then 2 guide screws placed on either side and then the fusion material will inserted all of this done thru an approximately 1" incision.

    I was hoping someone on here had had it done.

    Thank you for all your responses.

  • Lili

    I looked at this procedure in January. I had a surgeon evaluate my MRI to see if I was a candidate. In the meantime I was also seeking opinions from other NS and OS. I ended up going with the 2 level fusion. I was ready to get my problem fixed and I needed to have both levels done. It is correct that they can only do this procedure on L5/S1. I decided to go ahead and have the fusion since both levels were causing me pain according to my discogram.

    Knowing that I needed both levels made this decision easier for me. If I had only needed the one level I would have seriously considered it.

    The reading I did, indicated that the recovery was much quicker. I was able to locate some studies online which discussed patient outcome. Try doing a search and see what you come up with.

    Good luck making your decision. That for me was the most difficult part.
  • 5kids,

    I thought the Axialif 2 was just FDA approved. Did you have the actual Axialif procedure? I was just on a website for Mount Sanie (sp) hospital (went thru YAHOO) to view a Axialif 2 surgery. It was for L4-5/L5-S1 . It was pretty cool.

    I know that the majority of my pain (80%) is L5-S1 and knowing that new procedures are coming soon, do I want to permanately fuse a disc that could be saved in 4 years?

    If the fusion goes as it should and pain is relieved, what are the restrictions of movement? bending from the waist, turning, etc???

    I want that crystal ball back, the one I sold in that yard sale, when I was young and healthy. :)

  • HI Lili, I too am considering this, I live in Australia and there is one surgeon here that does it. I havent seen him yet but he has my films. It seems to me to be a good , non invasive treatment for a disc that wont get better by any other treatment but its not that well known, particularly over here so I am concerned about that. Please let me know if you have had the procedure of have discovered more about it.

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