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    TLIF Surgery
    Garywil posted:
    I read a minimum of comments prior to my surgery on June 25, 2012. I think most patients who consider their surgery a success have moved on without comment. Here is my positive experience for what it is worth.       I turned 80 years old in August six weeks after TLIF surgery for L4, L5 and S1. Prior to surgery I was in pain management and in physical therapy and all that entailed. Meanwhile sciatic pain radiated down both sides with increasing fatigue when exercising. I was and am a serious hiker loving the challenging climbs and distances but found it increasingly difficult to keep up with fellow hikers. After one test as a candidate for Radio Frequency Ablation with a negative result I asked my pain management orthopedist to look over my X-rays with me. We agreed that surgery was necessary. My surgeon said I want you to walk, walk, walk before surgery and afterwards but no hiking after surgery until his okay. When they stood me up the afternoon on surgery day I knew instantly it worked - no sciatic pain. Fifteen hours before checking out of hospital after three nights I refused the hard pain meds and settled on acetaminophen. They escorted my walk to the elevator and the street for dismissal. For two weeks at home the pain at night required the hard stuff. Now starting the fourth post surgical month I am wearing the brace most of the time and consider the surgery very successful. Walking is important.
    georgia888 responded:
    Hello Garywil,
    You are so correct in stating that negative stories are more commonly shared than positive ones. Although most of us are aware that surgery for the back is usually the very last option, your successful outcome is an inspiration for those of us who may either be near that point now or know that their future will most likely hold the need for such surgery.

    Walking is one of the best exercises for every condition & certainly should be included in a daily regimen, provided one is mobile enough to walk. It's inexpensive, enjoyable & when done out of doors it can be so much more fun.

    Thank you for your inspiration & for taking the time out to share a positive outcome.


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