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Are There Any Potential Risks Or Complications?
Results may vary. Complications such as infection, nerve damage, blood clots, blood loss and bowel and bladder problems, along with complications associated with anesthesia, are some of the potential risks of spinal surgery.
How Long Will It Take Me To Recover?
The recovery period for procedure such as an ALIF will vary, depending on the procedure and your body’s ability to heal and firmly fuse the vertebrae together. One advantage of an ALIF is that the back muscles and nerves are undisturbed.
Your surgeon will prescribe pain medication as needed, and may recommend a brace and follow-up physical therapy.
The length of time you will be off work will depend on a number of factors: your particular procedure and the physician’s approach to your spine, the size of your incision, and whether or not you experienced any significant tissue damage or complications. Another consideration is the type of work you plan to return to. Typically, you can expect to be on medical leave for 3 to 6 weeks.