hate to get graphic, will try alternate terms. having L5/S1 surgery on friday (two days from now). should i expect having a catheter because i'm doubting i'll be able to move right away? if so, when do they put it in? when i'm still "asleep"? and when will it probably be taken out? never had surgery before--freaked by thought of "bag" attached to me. what about the other kind of bathroom habit--if i can't get out of bed, what is to be done about that? special diet? just "hold it?" what? i know i probably seem odd, but some of biggest concerns over major back surgery are what to expect when it comes to "evacuation." anybody else ever fear this? can anybody who's had the surgery relate experiences or offer advice?
also, in general, what can i expect about the hospital period of recovery for this fusion surgery (and i mean aside from bathroom matters). how long is the average hospital stay? how long flat on my back with no movement? what does it feel like to come out of anesthesia--note my statement above--I have never had ANY surgery, let alone back surgery. what kind of pain should i expect? etc. please help! i'm so scared!
i know there are multiple posts on this type of surgery and the recovery, but most seem to be once at home. i would like to know what to expect during my time in the hospital, from hour one to discharge. please, please, i'm begging for advice and personal stories!