What’s important to understand about XLIF is that it does not require the surgeon to access your spine from the front or back of your body, which presents less potential risk of nerve or blood vessel damage compared to traditional procedures. There is also less recovery time needed because your incision is small and fewer muscles are disrupted.
As an intensive care unit nurse for 50 years, Joyce had to do a lot of heavy lifting, bending, and standing. One day at work, she was lifting a heavy object and she heard a snap in her back. Read her story of recovery.
NBA Hall-of-Famer and spokesman for The Better Way Back®, Bill Walton, recently published a new memoir “Back from the Dead.” Last week, he was on the ESPN radio show “Mike and Mike” and spoke for nearly 10 minutes about his debilitating back pain, surgery, and road to get his life back.
Delana had her surgery on May 1, 2014, and had a successful operation. She was able to get up and walk the next day. “When I woke up, the pain that I once felt was gone!” said Delana.
John had suffered with back pain since he was 25 years old. John underwent XLIF and PLIF surgeries in March 2013. For postoperative treatment, John simply walked. “I know walking is the best thing for my back and my dog sure loves it too!” John says.
If you’re living with chronic leg, back, or neck pain, sometimes it can feel like there is no relief in sight. As you manage your pain, it’s important that you set goals and celebrate your progress along the way. Setting and achieving goals can be an invaluable motivator to a pain-free life. Here are some tips for setting goals:
Lorraine struggled with sciatica pain for one year. She never thought it was related to her back. When she had imaging done, it revealed her problem spot. “My sciatic pain was gone the day after surgery and my back feels as strong as it used to before the problems began,” she said. “I feel totally great!”
Annette was struggling with back pain for two-and-a-half-years. Annette underwent her XLIF procedure in December 2014. “I was so thankful! It was a miracle to me!” she said. “I just could not believe it!”