Had my surgery on Tuesday.. L5 S1 fusion.. Made a small incesion in the back, took out the fractured piece, also took a sample of bone from my illiac creast crushed the 2 together. Used that for the fusion, inserted four screws and 2 pins. Procedure took about 3 hours.
Got to the hospital early. Everything went like clockwork. While I was waiting in the preop room my family came in and wished me luck, we said a prayer and I was off.. I actually was out of it before I even got into the surgical room.
When I woke up I was not in much pain but what I do remember was I was shaking like crazy?! I mean I was SHAKING! Teeth chattering, everything.. They gave me something and covered me with a warm blanket and I was fine. To be honest I do not remember the first day much..
The next few days were much better. I got up the second day and let me tell you this, it was the worst pain I have ever experienced. I logged rolled into the sit up position and it was excrutciating pain. I stood up from there and made a small trip outside my room with a walker.. The sitting back down and getting into bed was about as painful. The next day things were about the same but the pain was much better with getting up and down.. Drainage tube was taken out that day as well, and yes it HURT! By Friday I was doing everything by myself, log rolling out of bed, using my walker and even though it was still painful, it was bearable.
I was released yesterday and that ride was fine as well.. I was SO fortunate that my nextdoor neighbor has a surgical type of bed in his storage so he and his wife brought it over for me and I have it set up in the living room. I took my first shower today and boy was it relaxing. Felt great to get cleaned up. I am almost getting up by myself and walking around my house a few times a day with a walker. I am looking forward to more progress as days go buy.
Thanks for all the well wishes and support here! If I can answer any questions for people getting ready to go into surgery ler me know.. I will keep you all posted each week...