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Post Microdisectomy Pain Level?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:27 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am having a Microdisectomy surgery on L3-4 and L 4-5 on Friday 1/30, and I am wanting to know what to expect as far as post-op pain levels go. I have had surgical fusion surgery 2 years ago, and was in quite a lot of pain for several weeks, but have read this is not as bad. My surgeon will have me stay in the hospital at least overnight, but am scheduled for at least three days just in case. I was on Morphine and Dilaudid after my last surgery- anyone have any comments on their pain levels?
At least I am not as terrified this time as I was with my neck surgery - I was sure I wasn't going to make it for some reason. It had been some 35 years since I had had any major surgery, and it wasn't a good experience.

Thanks in advance!


  • I think you will be pleasantly surprised...unless there is a big difference in a cervical fusion and a lumbar fusion.

    I had a lumbar fusion last January and was laid up for months. I was on heavy pain meds for the first 8 weeks and not really feeling like doing anything for about 4 months.

    I just had a bit of surgery a week ago. A different surgeon went in at the site of the first incision and did a partial laminectomy one level down from my fusion. He cleaned out the foramen on both sides and cleaned out the central canal.

    I was in the hospital overnight, was discharged around lunch time, came home and baked brownies. I have barely had any pain meds and my husband is having a hard time keeping me from over-exerting.

    The surgical pain is minimal and I started walking the same day I got home. I have just been amazed at how much easier this surgery has been.

    I realize we are all different, and your experience will not necessarily be similar to mine, but I think, overall, you will find it easier.

    I just don't know if there is usually more or less pain associated with a cervical fusion compared to a lumbar one.

    Good luck to you. Hope you glide through as easily as I have!
  • I really need to heal up fast to get back to work before they can me! I have a heavy lifting job, and it also requires a lot of bending. I am thinking this surgery will help with the leg pain better than the back issue? I still am concerned that I will not be able to do all the lifting and bending even after this surgery, but I can't afford to be out of work in this economy. I only have till March 17th to get back. Do you think 6 weeks will be enough?

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