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Just an update on how i'm doing one week after my XLIF. Please keep in mind I had a total right knee replacement 8 months ago and the compressed nerves/ disc in my back prevented my quads & leg to fully heal and recover from that surgery so that has added a few more issues to this surgery. I stayed overnight in the hospital and was not allowed out of bed till the next day, I did have a catheter. For me the pain was quite bad but I was not only dealing with new the surgery pain but "delayed" pain in my quads & leg as the damaged nerves are now fixed and sending pain signals from the total knee replacement. It took 3 days for me to get the pain under control and now I'm basically taking Advils for pain. I have an incision on my right side and 3 incisions on my right side back. My surgeon set up a visisting nurse and occupational therapy a few times a week. I'll be wearing a brace for 6 weeks then will start some pyhsical therapy. Getting in and out of bed is difficult but with my husbands help it's getting easier. In the long run this surgery will have give me back my quality of life and I wouldn't hesitate to do it again.
Best of luck to you all, Patty Lee
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