Will I feel pain after ALIF?

Pain and discomfort are typical effects of any surgery. It would be best not to worry because postoperative lower abdominal pain is common. You will keep it under control with the proper treatment, allowing your wound and muscles to heal.

After you wake up from undergoing Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion (ALIF), you will still feel the effect of the anesthetic. Once this effect wears off, you might start feeling pain at the site of the surgery.

Based on how intense your pain is, we will provide you with the necessary treatment to manage it.

Make sure you only take the pain medication according to your doctor’s indications. It will help control the pain and reduce it over time.

Even if most people are able to go home right after ALIF surgery, you should be prepared to spend the night in the surgery room. It is indicated to have someone available to take care of you when you return. You will start feeling better with every passing week.

Normal pain to expect after ALIF surgery

  • swelling and inflammation at the incision site: tolerable and controllable - you might feel it upon your return home from the hospital
  • back pain and stiffness: the trouble you might have standing or sitting in a fixed position for too long could last for up to six weeks, and it is not unusual for the pain to persist even longer
  • nerve injury causing pain: generates numbness or weakness in the legs that might not completely improve

Everyone heals differently; therefore, the extent of pain relief is hard to predict. Make sure to consult your specialist right away if the pain becomes intolerable.


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