**Warning three days post-op. So words and letters don't always end up in the proper order**
When I had my surgery I told my anesthesiologist about all of the people on the forums having different experiences with coming out in severe pain and others not at all.
So ... I elected to have zero sedation for the trip from the room into the surgery room and I also asked for him to not give me the meds that give you that amnesiac feeling when I was coming out of the procedure.
I gotta tell you I loved the idea and I am glad I did it. So here's how it shook out after waking up.
I woke up and yes, I was in some incredible pain. I woke-up to the nurse and another person standing there and injecting pain medicine in to my IV and I witnessed the 10 to 15 minutes for it to really settle in and take effect.
So, to the folks who mentioned they had live changing pain, yes it is there. My thoughts are this.
If you don't want to remember it, tell them you want the sedation going to the OR and you don't want to remember anything until you get to your room.
There is also the chance you won't experience it and taking the steps to not remember it are probably a moot point. Here's my theory on why/how it all works. The anesthesiologist has you under and managed. When you come out of it, they don't have the magic number for the pain medicine quantities they need to give you to be perfectly 'configured' and pain free.
Sometimes it is dead-on, but other times it requires a bigger push of meds.
Again - this is just my take on it. I am personally very happy I asked for them to make it so I could remember as much as possible.
As it stands now, I would say this to anyone seeking a fusion.
1. It hurts. Holy crap it hurts. Hey, it might be due to the fact they cut through muscles and screwed stuff into bones. Yes - it hurts
2. The doctors and nurses don't want it to hurt. Work together on getting rid of the pain. I witnessed someone else in pain who managed to be a raging @$$hole the whole time about it. They still dealt with him with the same professionalism and what not, but don't be a jerk to them.
PS - they got me a chocolate shake and I know they didn't get him one
*August 13th L5-S1 fusion. Discharged August 16th. Last round of Percocet 10s about 7 minutes ago. Trying to get these posts done so they are coherent.