I am home from the hospital and trying to figure things out.
I thought I would have a 4" incision from TLIF at L4-5. When I saw the surgeon just before the procedure he reassurred me that he would take care of the problems he could see on the "horrendous" MRI. To my suprise, I have an 8" incision going up into mid-back. I have since found out that the surgeon told my husband after surgery that he did a PLIF with rods/screws on L4-5 and discectomies/lammies on L3-4 and L2-3 hence the longer higher incision. I will have to cut my husband some slack about not filling me in as he is not as informed about this subject as I am, mainly because I have utilised this site to make sure I understand as much as I can. I was informed in recovery that I had to lie flat for 48 hours due to a leak in the dural lining. My stay at the hospital was as good as can be expected. The radicular pain down the right leg is gone but I now have pain runnng down the back of my left leg and numbness from the left groin and the whole front of left thigh, almost to the knee. Doc says hopefully it's just residual issues from all the manipulation during surgery and will subside. Got some stomach cramping, trying to keep moving and drinking water to keep my bowels active.
This forum has been invaluable to me. I feel like I was as prepared mentally and physically as one can be. Thank you.