ALIF + Pro Disc Replacement- Recovery, etc?
24 year old female, Multi-level degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, and disco-osteophytic complex in all of my C- Spine.
I'm having an ALIF (anterior lumbar inter body fusion) for L5-S1 disc and A Pro Disc replacement for L4-L5 disc on December 15th, which insurance is not paying a dime of!
First disc bulged in 2010, second went in 2012, been doing injections, pt, chiropractic, massage, acupuncture, and whatever else you can think of since.. now its come down to surgery.
I did the spinal cord stimulator trial, it only helped my leg pain though.
Looking for personal experience with disc replacement/fusion, how long was your recovery? When did you start pt? How long until the pain seemed improved?