I'm 1 week today since minimally invasive TLIF. Am 60 years old and waited 15 months for this surgery(live in Canada) Doing quite well. Surgery done on Monday 26th in AM. Took about 4 hours. I was given a shot of dilaudid for post surgery pain(really couldn't feel any). After that I was sent to Post Anesthetic Recovery Area. Pain pump was hooked up with hydromorphone in afternoon. Didn't really have to use it too much. They couldn't find a room for me in neurosurgery so I spent the night in PAR. Good care 1 nurse for every 2 patients and only a couple of people there overnight. Pain was more like spasms across the back and into the legs. No nerve pain. Next day(Tues) physio came down and walked me across the room and showed me how to get out of bed. I was really hungry. Pain pump taken out. Took morphine tablets and extra strength tylenol for pain. Very stiff in the back area. Surgeon came to briefly speak to me. Said surgery went really well. Quite abit of compression on L5 nerve. Stabilized the back. Said I could go home tomorrow. Wed did a bit more walking and took shower sitting in chair. Able to get in and out of bed by myself. At this point only taking extra strength tylenol for pain. It was about a 2 on pain scale. Finally discharged to go home in late evening. Ride home took over an hour. Later that night a lot of back spasms and stiffness. Should have picked up script for morphine sulfate tablets 10 mg that night. Tylenol wasn't cutting it. Just spasms and aching. Told husband I feel like I have the flu from the waist down. Thursday doing ok. No nerve pain. Some hotness in top of foot at times. Back feels more stable. Just resting and walking in the house the next few days. Sitting hurts. Tomorrow may walk outside weather permitting. Get staples out on Friday. Will see neuro in 6 weeks time. So that's it for now.