After having an L4/L5 fusion in 2013 and a 3 level ACDF in 2014, I am now facing a 4 level ALIF, next month. Needless to say I am not looking forward to this. L2 and L3 now need to be fused and 4/5 never fused, have a screw loose ( no jokes, please) and needs a revision, and now have a fracture in S1. I have been in horrible pain since August and am in considerable pain despite the pain meds, big time, that I am currently taking. The surgeon explained this will be a 2 day procedure where the majority of the work will be done on Day one, then on day three they will take me in for the remainder which is done posterior. I have concerns about the size of the incision on the front, and how I will manage post op with incisions front and back.
Anyone who has been there, or close, I would appreciate your feedback. This forum was amazing help during the first two procedures so I can't imagine anything different, now. Surgical buddies was the best, too.
2013 PLIF L4/L5
2014 3 Level ACDF
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