Re: Alif 9/14
Is this the third surgery on the same segment or something different?
It is the spinal surgeon, either ortho spine or neurosurgeon who does the planning for the fusion surgery, so he/she would be the one to answer your questions. The vascular surgeon is used by some, but not all, spine surgeons when they don't feel comfortable moving the internal organs out of the way. This surgeon has little to do with any issues pertaining to the spine, like why you are having this particular surgery, etc, recovery, rehab, etc.
There are many older threads pertaining to ALIF that you could read through for further information.
Do you have any specific questions?