Hi all. I just got home today at about 1:00 PM from the hospital. I had a 1 level TLIF at L4-L5 on Tuesday 1/6. Most of the first day was a blurr. The surgery took about 3 hrs. and I guess about an hour and a half in recovery. Our neighbor and good friend happens to be the Head of Vascular Surgery at the hospital I was in so we got a little VIP treatment on some things. Although I don't know if that's all good sometimes since as soon as they brought me in to recovery my neighbor brought my wife in to see me. According to wife maybe that wasn't the best of ideas :jawdrop: . I guess after laying face down for all that time my face was realy swolen and I look like I went 9 rounds with Mike Tyson 8} .
I was not supposed to get up and do any walking until the next morning, but I tend to push my self in life so I asked the nurse if I could get up and walk a little. She got me a walker and helped me to get out of bed. I did 1 lap around the floor that I was on and I was happy with that. Each of the following days got better. After the 2nd night they took me off the Morphine drip and put me back on the Oxycontin 30mg that I was on before the surgery. They left the Morphine pump connected for break through. I didn't get much relief from the Morphine anyway, it just made me drowsy. Yesterday they disconnected the pump and gave me 2 Percoset for break through. During all of this they also gave me Valium for the muscle spasms.
Now I am home and it feels great. I am so happy to done with the surgery. It was realy starting to get to me after a while and now I don't have any of the pre-surgery pain just the surgical pain which is tough but bearable. I am very optimistic about the outcome and can't wait to have my life back. I wanted to post this because I felt that I learned so much and gain a lot of support on this board so I just wanted to give back a little. To all of you who are yet to have surgery, good luck it will get better, and for all of you who have been down this road already, thank you for prepairing me for my journey.