Ok it's the popo again, 9 days & counting until my surgery. Just got my surgery information in the mail & it looks like I'm going to have a
L3-4 TLIF with Instrumentation & Allograft
The day of my surgery they are transporting me to a Rehabilitation Center because my surgery is being done at a Outpatient Surgery Center. I'm also supposed to have a family member stay with me for the 1st 24 hours. My discharge instructions say I can take short showers then recover my wound. Says I can not lift more than 20lbs for the 1st 5 months. However, I CAN ride in a car, walk, bend over, & do stairs as pain allows. This sounds much better than I was initially expecting. Has anyone else had these discharge instructions?
About the surgery, any idea how long the incision will be for a single fusion? Will there be screws & rods on both sides? Will the back muscles be cut? I'm scared to death, so many questions running through my head. How bad is the pain afterwards? How long is estimated recovery? Yada, yada, yada . . . . . My biggest fear is weather or not I will be able to keep being a police officer after I get done. I'm just keepin my fingers crossed.
I am in a lot of pain whenever I stand up strait or bend back & to the left. I was given a script for Vicodin 5mg/500mg & it isn't helping the pain AT ALL. Any help or advise to ease my anxiety & fear would be greatly appreciated.