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Hi, Ali :wave:

I'm sorry if I sound ignorant, but how many levels are you having fused?

The reason I ask is that I just had a "PLIF" on L5/S1 March 5 and just got home from the hospital yesterday. I stopped the valium and morphine drip day after surgery as I couldn't handle the dizziness and nausea. And have only been on extra strength tylenol since. I know that the skill of the surgeon has alot to do with success, and prayers have a HUGE factor on success.

Let me just tell you that out of recovery I had -0- pain. Absolutely none. Of course, that was as long as I just layed still but really never got over a 4 or 5.

PLIF stands for (I think) Posterior Lumbar Interbody? Fusion. I have no second incision to heal from getting bone, he did a laminectomy at the same time and used that bone to fill the cages. I am not wearing a brace and am doing absolutely great.

This pain is so bearable especially considering the pain I was enduring prior to surgery. I have had 4 years of pt, mt, chiro, accupuncture, traction, failed 4 level idet - everything I could think of to stay out of surgery.

I find it interesting that different surgeons do things so differently. But, without any other fusions to fall back on except what I hear here, this was the way to go for me.

I also had the same questions you have and just found the best way to do things. I found that the commode seat they have in the hospital was so cumbersome but didn't realize it until I got home. But I have counters at the side of both commodes in my home so have something to push up on.

Don't worry so much about the bathroom thing at first anyway as you'll have a catheter (sp) for a couple of days and a bm was so totally out of the question for me as they cleaned me out so throuroughly prior to that it was at least 4-5 days post op before I had "victory" but was never uncomfortable.

I simply had the nurses help me clean for the first few days after surgery (pretty humbling) but at my first shower, just messed around cleaning myself then and tada! Figured it out! (it was nice to have the bars to hang on to so I tentatively stood up, lifted one leg resting my foot on the shower seat, hanging on to the bar with the other and cleaned myself!) in my mind I thought that would be impossible without pain, but did it quite nicely.

Really, pain is my guide and I am noticing every day that I am a little more mobile than before.

You really will do just find, don't get discouraged and heal quickly.



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gbr

JDD
2 Discograms
4 Level failed IDET
4 Confirmed torn lumbar discs, 2 full thickness
Issues now with c-spine & thoracic
Fusion of L5/S1 scheduled 3/5/03
Fusion successful - feeling better all the time
[quote]Originally posted by go*big*red:
Hi, Ali :wave:

I'm sorry if I sound ignorant, but how many levels are you having fused?

The reason I ask is that I just had a "PLIF" on L5/S1 March 5 and just got home from the hospital yesterday. I stopped the valium and morphine drip day after surgery as I couldn't handle the dizziness and nausea. And have only been on extra strength tylenol since. I know that the skill of the surgeon has alot to do with success, and prayers have a HUGE factor on success.

Let me just tell you that out of recovery I had -0- pain. Absolutely none. Of course, that was as long as I just layed still but really never got over a 4 or 5.

PLIF stands for (I think) Posterior Lumbar Interbody? Fusion. I have no second incision to heal from getting bone, he did a laminectomy at the same time and used that bone to fill the cages. I am not wearing a brace and am doing absolutely great.

This pain is so bearable especially considering the pain I was enduring prior to surgery. I have had 4 years of pt, mt, chiro, accupuncture, traction, failed 4 level idet - everything I could think of to stay out of surgery.

I find it interesting that different surgeons do things so differently. But, without any other fusions to fall back on except what I hear here, this was the way to go for me.

I also had the same questions you have and just found the best way to do things. I found that the commode seat they have in the hospital was so cumbersome but didn't realize it until I got home. But I have counters at the side of both commodes in my home so have something to push up on.

Don't worry so much about the bathroom thing at first anyway as you'll have a catheter (sp) for a couple of days and a bm was so totally out of the question for me as they cleaned me out so throuroughly prior to that it was at least 4-5 days post op before I had "victory" but was never uncomfortable.

I simply had the nurses help me clean for the first few days after surgery (pretty humbling) but at my first shower, just messed around cleaning myself then and tada! Figured it out! (it was nice to have the bars to hang on to so I tentatively stood up, lifted one leg resting my foot on the shower seat, hanging on to the bar with the other and cleaned myself!) in my mind I thought that would be impossible without pain, but did it quite nicely.

Really, pain is my guide and I am noticing every day that I am a little more mobile than before.

You really will do just find, don't get discouraged and heal quickly.


hi big red u had pretty much the same thing im having soon a PLIF can u tell me a littl eabout ur recovery?