Having a one level L5-S1 PLIF on 11/23/09 for prominent facet changes and mild spondylolisthesis. My pain is pretty severe, with numbness in my feet and lower legs. I'm a 49 yo nurse anesthetist, and have been giving anesthesia for these procedures for almost a decade. Never, did I consider that I might need this surgery; so, I never really took note of the procedure itself, just tried to give a safe anesthetic.
You would think that I would have a jump on things going into the surgery; but I don't. I'm very nervous!!
This forum is wonderful. It is also a huge reality check! So...I have had quite a few tearful moments over the past 24 hours that I have been a forum member. I had no idea how difficult the recovery is. Just wanted to say in advance how much I appreciate all the advice and empathy shown to all facing surgery and beyond. I have many questions, not to mention, still do not know enough to ask the appropriate questions (lol!!)
I'm going to just start with the questions that are on my mind right now.
How long are people staying in the hospital after the PLIF?
What is better for pain control in the hospital, pain pumps or intramuscular injections? Do you need a hospital type bed when going home? Are most people on oxygen for that first day after surgery? What about pain meds for home, what works best? Do you need Lyrica or Neurontin? What about muscle spasms, I have fairly severe spasms now...do you have them post-op, also?
I'm having to work until the surgery date, so I do feel strapped for time....love the pre-op to do list!!
Thanks so much for your time!!!