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.