I just had L5-S1 fusion on Aug.1, 2008. Before that I had 2 lumbar epis to relieve the pain that my left sciatic nerve was giving me all the way down my leg. I had a bone spur going into my sciatic nerve along with the L5 compression. My back surgery lasted about 4 hours and I lost 4 units of blood. They were able to give me 2 units of my own blood back but I needed 2 units from the blood bank. My back was cut halfway down and I have staples (which I don't feel). I am glad I had the surgery done because the pain down the left leg was becoming unbearable. My doctor told me I would be off work at least 3 months. If feels wonderful to have feeling in that leg again!
I still have some back pain which is post operative. My ankles were swollen after I got home and my doctor told me to walk more. I also have a sensation of water feeling in my back after I get out of bed and it is in my buttocks after I get up from sitting down. Anyone else have this problem?