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ALIF with cyst removal

Hello my fellow spinies,
I am having an ALIF on my L5/S1 with synovial cyst removal (possibly two if he can reach the other one). The surgery is scheduled on June 2nd 730 AM. Also, they will be doing a bone graft to use in my fusion. My question is, how long should I expect to stay in the hospital for? Also, how long do you think a surgery like that will be? I think I'm more nervous about the catheter then I am anything else. Although, I am pretty nervous about how much pain I'm going to be in once I wake up. I am hoping they put the catheter it once I am asleep. As each day passes by I get more nervous. I had a Laminectomy/Discectomy in 2012. However, I know this surgery is a lot more in depth. I'd call and ask my doctors nurses but I don't want to keep bothering them. So I thought "why not ask some of the professionals with experience on here." Any advice will help.


  • I, too, was very worried about the catheter issue. I had a PLIF L5/S1 with the removal of a huge synovial cyst. The surgery turned out to be very long - 7 hours. I had a catheter but couldn't even tell it was there. Taking it out was painless, too. I had no side effects from it and it beat the heck out of getting up for the first day or so! That should be the least of your worries. Rest easy on that one. Kathy
  • Thank you Kathy. Your post was very helpful. How long were you in the hospital for? 7 hour surgery? Wow! I wonder if mine will take that long since I have two cysts.
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