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ALIF in 2 days!

Started by azgina on 02/19/2013 1:04pm

Very nervous and much trepidation as I approach Friday morning. Any input from someone who's had this done recently would be greatly appreciated... My doctors are Barrow Neurosurgeons at St. Joe's in Phoenix, AZ. I pretty sure I'm in the best hands possible in all of the US.

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Hi Azgina, I can understand and sympathize with you for what you are going through. I had a ALIF & PLIF a little of a year ago. the first advice I would like to give you is to take a deep breath and try not to over stress yourself with your upcoming surgery. I would also like to let you know that you will be in my prayers that your surgery will be very successful. if you don't mind me asking what area are you going to have the ALIF done on? I would suggest that you have a few ice packs on hand to use to help with the pain. If possible a raised toliet seat could also be benifical. Something else is that you should think about and possible talk to the Anestia on the day of the surgery is to ask them to ake sure that they give you something that wont cause you to be sick. I 'm one that is very sensitive to medication. I've had 3 surgeries, and my 1st procedure (laminectomy/diskectomy) the anestia they used made me extremely sick. Also another small tip a friend told me is applesauce helps with nausea from medication, so once again if you are sensitive to medication that's something you should have on hand. Another useful ite to have is a grabber so if you need to pick something up or reach for an item, but make sure it:s a good qualiaty because some of them are horrible and dont work. Also when you see your surgeon ask them about getting a bone growth stimulator. what this stimulator does is to help promote a quicker and a more solid fusion. If you get this before Friday and have any specific question or just want to talk about the procedure or anything before or after the procedure feel free to ask because I know that it helps to have someone to talk to and help you with anything that comes up from surgeries, injuries, or just to vent . I'll be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers that you will have a very successful surgery and a very quick and speedy recovery.
Your Friend, MichelleK