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Diskectomy Surgery - Out Patient?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,670
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:39 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I was curious if any one could answer some questions I have.

1. Diskectomy is an Out-Patient Procedure?

2. How long before the pain goes away?


I had diskectomy surgery on Dec. 1,09. Checked in at 11am.
Rolled into Surgery at 12:45pm, Dishcharged at 3PM.

They sent me home under anesthesia & morphine. I awake
5 hours later in excruciating pain. They gave the same
pain meds. I've been on for the last year or so. I called
Called Dr.'s Office they told me to deal with pain and if
I ran out early they may not refill my prescription?

What kind of Doctor does this to a Patient?

I call about legal advice and am told nothing I can do
but suffer. He did nothing wrong per say, just doesn't
care after he's got his money I guess.


  • I'm sorry you're dealing with this...

    Yes discectomy is usually considered "outpatient" but most surgeons will keep their patients in over night as a "23 hour" admission (related to insurance). I myself stayed one night and received 3 doses of IV antibiotics.

    I was taking Vicodin/Lortab before surgery and was given Percocet in the hospital. My surgeon tried to send me home with the Vicodin but I kindly requested a script for the Percocet b/c it worked so well for me. I took it with a muscle relaxer for about 10 days then I transitioned to Vicodin with a muscle relaxer for probably another 2 weeks. Everyone's pain is different. Its a shame your surgeon isn't acknowledging that you have built up a tolerance to your meds and won't address this appropriately. If I were you I would try to see your primary care doc, he may be able to help you out.

    If that doesn't work, call your surgeon and insist on an appointment. Perhaps there is another problem...where is your pain now???

  • sorry your surgeon is not more caring to your pain situation. if you are in pain, then your body is not healing and not on the road to recovery. if your surgeon is not performing for you post op, i would go to the largest and nearest hospital emergency room and tell them your pain story. no one should be in elevated pain that soon after surgery. i wish and pray for your quick resolution to your pain problem. God Bless All, kc
  • Are there any more surgeons in the same practice as the one you saw? If so, I would place a call into one of them, explain your situation and ask to be treated by another doctor. That is unacceptable! I hope you're feeling better. You might want to look into getting a pain management doctor ASAP as well.
  • I'm just curious if you had surgery at a hospital or was it at one of the spine clinics? I've never heard of anyone being treated as you were! It sounds downright dangerous. Did you know this was the plan when you went into surgery? I personally would be terribly afraid of the possibility of infection. Please keep on top of your situation. If you run a temperature or your incision looks red and puffy, please call your doctor, or go to the emergency room. These infections can be very serious.

    You have my deepest sympathy for having to go through such a horrid experience.

    xx Gwennie
  • Welcome. I'm sorry to hear about your experience.
    I had a microdiscectomy and yes it was out patient. I was told I could be in the hospital from 10-23 hours depending on the surgery time and how I did afterward.

    I had my surgery at 4:30 and woke up from anesthesia at 6:30pm. I had to stay to receive IV antibiotics to ensure I didn't get an infection. By the time I would have finished them it would have been 11:30pm so they told me they'd keep me b/c the doctor or his PA needed to check on me and have a PT person make sure I could walk up stairs (same # in my house). I would have been released around hour 20 but when I got up to take a longer walk and do stairs with PT, I almost passed out due to dehydration and big drop in my Blood pressure . . .I ended up being there about 26 hours.

    It does sound odd that they would release you so quickly. Out patient only means that if all goes well, they release you in 23 hours.

    My doctor told me that if I was the 1st or 2nd surgery of the day (8 or 10am) I would have easily gone home by 6 or 8pm that same night.

    But my understanding (from 3 opinions) is that surgery would be about 90 mins (45 operating time + prep), then I'd be up walking to the bathroom within 2 hours of waking up, then administered antibiotics and monitored for a few hours, meet with physical therapist to make sure I knew how to manage stairs and watch me walk to make sure I was stable, and then physician's assist (or doctor) would check my incision, give me instructions/prescription, and discharge me.

    I am so sorry. I agree if you are with a group, I would call them and ask to speak to another doctor in the group. It's a tough situation but I have to say I'm surprised the actual hospital discharged you b/c typically the doctor signs off but the hospital is also accountable.

    First - call the doctor and demand an appt. If they are still dismissive, I would contact your insurance company and explain the situation and ask them for advice. They may be able to get you in with another surgical group and they may withold funds from this doctor. I would also try the hospital and ask them for how to proceed but mostly, for your immediate situation . . .if your surgeon will not see you, I would go to the ER b/c you need to be sure the pain is not associated with an infection.

    I wish I had more insight. Just sounds like a doctor I would report to your insurance company b/c the more reports of 'poor' treatment, the more likely they will drop him from their plan.
  • Thanks for understanding....

    My Neurosurgeon is handling my pain meds. and won't let my
    Primary Care Physician interfere.

    I was operated on at Jonesboro Surgical Hospital, it is
    a specialty Hospital for Neuro & Orthopedic Surgeons.
    It's part of the NEA System here, Northeast Arkansas Baptist Hospitals & Clinics. They have a Monopoly on the Hospitals & Clinics around here. Almost ALL the Doctors use them and are associated with them in 1 way or another.

    They also control most all of the Pain Clinics around here.
    I've been to 2 Neurosurgeons, the 2nd did my surgery because he was nice & helpful UNTIL after my Surgery.

    I will probably have to "Fire" my Neurosurgeon & find another. Probably have to go to Memphis, TN or Little Rock.
    My regular Doctor is ok, just afraid of the Big Dogs.

    Called Insurance Provider (Self-Insured) for my Employer.
    They said it was all up to the Doctor, they handled on
    case by case basis.

    I don't know what to do at this point. On medical leave
    for another month, and pain is same or worse than before.

    Dickectomy on L4-L5 Protrusion 12-1-09

    L3-L4 Left lateral disc protrusion.
    L4-L5 Central posterior disc protrusion. Annular tear w/moderate disc degenerative signal, bilateral neuroforaminal narrowing.
    L5-S1 Broad Based Disc Bulge
    This MRI result was a year before my surgery.
  • Thanks for your concern....

    I live in a smaller area of NE Arkansas and I went to the largest Hospital group around here and they treated my like a Number. Have been in the hospital several times in my 47 years on this planet. And this is by far the worst I have EVER been treated.

    Even the VA hospital system was more caring than the EDITED Would NOT recommend either to ANYone.

    Just my opinion based on personal experience.

    Post edited by Authority Member haglandc
  • Thanks,

    I have talked to alot of friends and co-workers, and most have had bad experiences with almost every Neurosurgeon in the Phone Book. Some recomend one then someone else says they suck.

    This one was nice and helpful until he was done operating and I woke up at home 5 hours later. Now it's like get over it we'll see you in 6 weeks.

    I'm looking and hoping I can find a good Neurosurgeon.

    My Doctor is a stand alone, went to a group and had to wait 2-3 hours to see doctor and he didn't really care. Told me he'd operate in a year or 2 when I needed it. Go to PT and my reg. Doc until then.

    Kinda aggravating, will keep looking & hoping..

  • Thanks,

    Live in a sparsely populated area, good old boy network.

    It was a Surgery Hospital for Neuro & Orthopedic Surgeons owned by the Largest Hospital in the Area. They have the most CLinics too and almost all the Doc.'s use them.

    Will probably have to travel to Memphis or Little Rock.
    Have a family member work for 1 of top 3 Insurance carriers in US. He wasn't suprised, say employers that are self-insured decide what I get to have done. More less they cut any and all corners to save money.

    Also Doctor's routinely cover each others back whenever they make a mistake or treat a patient badly. That's one
    of the reasons they left the actual medical field.
  • This is normal to heve this done outpatient.

    Unfortunately there are lots of surgeons out there that do have issues with treating pain after surgery. Some of them are so arrogant that they feel if they did surgery you must be better. Again that is some not all.

    If I were in your shoes I would be looking for a Pain Management doc. I do know that it is hard to find a good one but you likely do not need more surgery so why see another surgeon? If you need to have your pain managed then you most likely need a doc that specializes in Pain Management.

    Good luck to you and please keep us posted.
  • Thanks,

    Also found out they close leave at 4pm, that's why they wanted me out of there. If Doc. had planned to keep my overnight it would have had a totally different outcome.

    Apparently they used the "Twilight" type anesthesia on me so I would remember "Nothing". My girlfriend of 10 years said I was complaining of excruciating pain which I remember once, they gave me a "PILL". She said they gave me 2 or 3 shots of morphine after that before I could get up and use the "Bathroom". Which I understand is required before they can discharge you. I also remember waking up once on the ride home for a minute.

    I woke up 5 hours later screaming in pain. Took meds I had until pain was bearable. Then she told me what had transpired while I was in "Twilight" land.
    I called my Neurosurgeon the next day and they were less than helpful, explained my pain and they told me 2 deal with it and not abuse my pain meds. or NO Refills!

    Kind of hard to do with lortabs I've been taking for over a year now. I can take 2 at a time and my back still hurts most times. Generally I'll take 1 every 2-3 hours plus an Advil. Add a muscle relaxer to sleep for 4 or 5 hours.

    Thought I was suppose to get better..
  • Thanks, I just remembered something I forgot to mention.

    My 1st Neurosurgeon, recommended "Disk Replacement" in 1-2 years. NOT a Microdiskectomy.... a YEAR ago...

    2nd Neurosurgeon recommended the SAME or a Spinal Fusion
    NOT a diskectomy.

    MY INSURANCE Company would ONLY approve a Diskectomy! Said
    I didn'y meet their Criteria for the spinal fusion.

    Both Doctors said this would only help with my LEG pain.
    we'd have to do spinal fusion for BACK pain.

    I decided to get rid of Leg pain then hopefully back pain next year....?

    Now I still have both, hoping leg pain goes away after swelling goes down some more.

  • I think you need to try to find a pain management doctor. The way your doctor is treating you is unacceptable in my book. In your 2nd post you said that your surgeon "won't let" your primary care physician interfere? How does your PCP feel about this? I would think he/she would be offended, actually. After all, your PCP is not a child .....

    I would keep pushing your PCP to give you something. Even a Tramadol would probably help you at this point.
  • Thanks Again,

    Am trying to locate a different NeuroSurgeon and will try
    a pain management clinic.

    Unfortunately NEA controls all of above and they have been
    my problem from the start. Bunch of pompous jerks quite honestly.

    MY PCP was told by my NeuroSurgeon that HE will handle
    my pain meds. PCP has always treated my pain issues.
    I am a little confused too.

    I will talk to all of Above today IF they are working today.
    Thanks Again for your support.
  • I am sad and ashamed at the medical profession of which I am party of - I am an ED nurse and have been in the profession for quite sometime. I am not given you medical or legal advise here - I am just shocked that you were treated this way, and that your pain is being dealted with inhumanly. I guess I do not understand how it is dealt with in your part of ths country either.

    My prayers for you...If it was me, I would get on MD or ER in a major metropolian area that is cutting edge that will listen. And I , or my family or close friends would be documenting everything in case something goes wrong.
  • Countryman . . .a fusion isn't something to take lightly. It is major surgery which is how I can understand the insurance company not wanting to approve the fusion. In a way, it was a blessing b/c if you had this doctor do the fusion, the thought is frightening.

    It sounds like you will have to travel a bit to get to a more qualified situation but worth it for your back. I am in a populated area and am still going to a further hospital b/c I am more confident in the approach. My first surgery was 40 mins away and I'm going in for revision microD to another hospital about 45-50 mins away. There are several hosptials 20 mins away but I'm not comfortable with the doctors related to those.

    However, the really recommended surgeons are out of a Hospital that is about 1 hour 15 mins. In my case, I just don't need to travel that far (and it's longer in traffic). But in your case, that sounds worth it.

    I think you will find some people that went 2 hours b/c of similar situation.

    I wish you luck. Your doctor seems to have an ego issue and a power trip issue. He should be working with you and not as though you are a subject. You are not a 'broken computer' in which he is fixing. You are a human being.

    For now, I would nurture the relationship you have with your current doctor as best you can. Be forceful but courteous. YOu need him until you find a more suitable doctor.

    1 - can your insurance company help you locate a doctor? My company has a health coach hotline in which you tell them the problem, they locate 3-4 doctors that have good reputation, no law suites, certain criteria.

    2- can you contact your insurance company customer care and ask them how they select doctors to be in network? Sounds like this guy is in network b/c there is no one else near by. But they should be aware of how you are being treated.

    3 - You might want to read on NeuroSurgeon vs. Orthopedic Spine specialist. While I am switching to a NS, I started with an ortho-spine person who is great (but unfortunately out of network). It might give you a few more options.

    4 - Have you asked your Primary Care his/her thoughts on how to proceed? I have an excellent relationship with my PCP and he offered advice on switching doctors. He knows I have to switch due to insurance. But some of it is b/c I just felt I needed slightly different approach. I wanted to switch to my surgeon's partner but can't do that and since he's out of network anyhow, it was just a better time to find a new doctor. My current surgeon has been willing to work with me on price, 2nd and 3rd opinions, and more. I only had to press him a bit on the fact that I thought something wasn't right but he agreed to MRI. So he was only slightly dismissive to my pain. But for me, it was part my fautl b/c I have a high tolerance for pain and tend to 'down play' my pain so I don't think I was being clear enough.

    I hope you can get your pain under control.
    From what my experience was on microD was limited sitting (no more than 5-10 mins). Lie flat on back or if on side, put pillow b/t legs to keep shoulders/hips in alignment. Ice your back for 10 mins about 3 times a day. Do not bend, twist, or lift. If a hot shower helps, go for it. I found that the ice was better and hot shower only helped leg pain. I will say that by week 2 the incision pain was gone for me. I just never got better from herniated disc.

    I would definitely just watch threads similar to your area (so if you are Lumbar . . .look for posts about Lumbar surgeries or L5-S1 or L5-L4, etc) and you can learn about how tough a fusion can be and what risks there are as well as how other people are approaching doctor selection.

    We are all here to help eachother through our individual experiences
  • I am truly sorry to hear that any physician would worry about pain meds abuse right after surgery. Sounds like your Dr has a god complex. Whatever his issue is, YOURS in more important. I might suggest contacting your insurance to see if they have Nursing after care contact etc. My insurance does, they ask how I am, my symptons, who is looking after me etc. I would also highly suggest keeping complete records of pain levels, dates, time, calls to this Drs office, their responses, everything you can record and then REPORT him to the Medical Board of Ark. FILE A COMPLAINT against him. This is not about long term care, this is max 6'ish weeks after surgery. IF HE IS going to treat you like sh*t, give it right back to him.

    I am sorry If that was a rant and for harsh language but after 3 yrs of Dr's telling me how I feel. This just makes me super angry. I am so happy my new ortho is the man he is. He has never made me feel the way your surgeon has done you. IT's more than unethical, it is cruel.

    Best of Luck and please keep us posted.
  • Thanks,

    Have a few relatives and friends in the medical field
    and at Insurance Company.

    They understand and have given me advice but I wanted
    to talk to others in my situation too.

    Hopefully I will find a better NS after the new year,
    plan to see my PCP too and get his input.

    If this NS thinks I am gonna rollover and take this
    abuse in the long run he's got a suprise or 2 coming.
    I will just seek legal advice before I do anything
    that he could hold against me.

    Right now I have to deal with the pain and lack of
    relief that the surgery has brought so far. And find
    a NS that can actually help me in my situation.

    Have a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!

    God Bless and treat others as you would treat yourself
  • Thanks for your advice,

    I understand the dangers of Spinal Fusion but see a dark
    tunnel ahead.

    Obamacare is likely to go thru and my employer will dump me
    in the pool with the rest of the country.

    I was hoping to get ALL my issues fixed at once before things get worse in my back and or in our country.

    Maybe it was a blessing that HE didn't do the Fusion. I'll
    never know because he will NEVER touch me again if I have any say in the decision.

    My employer has gone self insured so our coverage and such has gone down the TOILET! Everyone is complaining, they deny most everything and apply all to deductible etc...
    Guess the more they save the bigger their CUT??

    I appreciatte any and ALL advice, just trying to keep my
    emotions under control when responding. You might say this experience has given me a negative outlook on many things.

    Just glad to be alive, can still walk to. Should be grateful
    since it was a minor surgery compared to most and there is always someone worse off than yourself.

    God Bless Everyone,

  • Thanks for your response,

    I understand the anger thing, just trying to keep it under
    control and be as positive as possible.

    Also hoping to find the right Doctor to handle the rest of my recovery.

    He ain't off the hook yet, will pursue justice later if that
    is possible around here in hickville.

    Just looking for advice from those who have more experience than I in this situation.

    Have a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year...

    God Bless you & yers...
  • you aren't alone in your pessimism about the government healthcare or your situation. My microdiscectomy failed and for quite sometime I was negative thinking my doctor didn't give me strict enough advice but looking back, he did ok. The surgery didn't work.

    I was trying to get my 2nd surgery in this year before my insurance goes to the dumps. No luck but I guess fortunately when this happened in August, I started saving knowing that things were going to go belly up in so many ways with Healthcare insurance.

    I will tell you that everything is negotiable. Doctors want their money and they know the insurance companies have it. With the new healthcare bill, they'll have more of it. I would try to focus on finding the right doctor (hopefully in network) and if you struggle with deductable or max out of pocket try to work with them. Most will work with the patient as they need business too.

    I am not in 'hickville' as you call it but all that means is I have a lot more doctors to confuse me (LOL). So the best power I found is to leverage this board and other sites to read, come back and ask questions, visit several doctors and just because 2 say one thing, it doesn't mean they are right. I've found that a 2nd opinion doesn't have to be your last.

    Typically you are with your surgeon for a certain period post op. It doesn't mean you don't start searching for a new doctor in case you need him/her down the line but you also try to get the most information from the one who did do your surgery.

    Even if he has an ego issue, then tell him you need his wisdom to explain things to you.

    I can try to help you as best possible as I just had my MicroDiscectomy back in August and it didn't work. I was a statistic and that put me up for 2 schools of thought - Revision vs. fusion.

    I'm trying revision and am really hopeful that the 2nd time is a charm.

    You are allowed to be negative . . .especially with folks like us. But like you said, balance it with the positive . . .I have done the same thing -> at least I can walk and this is treatable.

    This group is all about support . . .so you got it!
  • I know a bit about those networks - I tried to just get another opinion and was told by my insurance company that the 'network' really frowned upon doctor shopping - they considered it drug shopping.

    Needless to say I was shocked when I was told that! At the time I was only on ibuoprofen.

    I had 3 dr.'s I could choose from, two of whom no longer accepted new patients.

    On the other hand, I've also had to deal with a DH that was on oxycontin and lortab for years pior to surgery and unfortunately was horribly addicted. By the time he had his microdiscectomy, he was so far down that no medication worked, he was in agony.

    After almost a year of recovery - and continued addiction (I do not use that term lightly - he was abusing his meds.) We had to intervene and he went into rehab. Besides all the pain he endured due to his tolerance level he also almost lost his family. It was tough. Now-a-days Oxycontin has the time-release built in and is harder to abuse- but that's all beside the point.

    The only reason I mention it is that I find that if you have built up a tolerance to meds (NOT abusing, just the results of having to be on them for so long) then your dr. should have taken that into consideration and prescribed differently for you. Also - the 'bad rap' of addiction can really hinder good people in their search for relief. It's terrible what we have to go through and the situations we get forced into (from not being able to get another opinion to not being able to get the medication you need to heal) in order to get out from under the agony of back pain.

    Best of luck Countryman. The only other advice I can give is to suggest that you practice some kind of meditation - you're going to need it to deal with everything - you don't want your blood pressure spiking with all the added stress of the healthcare issues on top of all your pain.

  • Thanks again for all your advice/help.

    I finally called my NS and he refilled my meds but of course
    he cut the dosages in HALF. I talked to the Nurse during a bad spell of pain and I think she realized that I am not faking it. They called back yesterday and scheduled a new
    MRI to see what's going on. Will know more next Tuesday after the MRI.

    Of course with my luck I had to go to an Oral Surgeon yesterday and have some infected roots and 1 molar cut out.
    Fortunately he did and exceptional job with the local anesthesia and the surgery. Have 3 stitches that will dissolve in a week and the pain and discomfort is minimal compared to my back and leg pain. He also gave me a stronger
    pain med for a week which is helping me deal with the back pain.

    Suprised that having your jaw cut open and sewn back up can be less painfull than back pain. I have had tooth aches that make you cry. But this confused me because Everyone says the pain is unbearable after cutting teeth out by an Oral Surgeon. Just pray I don't get dry socket, son-in Law who's a Cop said he did and it was as bad as the surgery.

    Thanks Again,

    remember Santa is for kids and Jesus is for REAL people!

  • Thanks for the info/advice.

    As I mentioned in the other reply I will have a New MRI
    next week to see what's up. Last MRI is from almost a
    year ago.

    Have managed my pain with lortabs for over a year. Over
    time it takes more to relieve the pain. I have had several
    drug tests at work and Passed ALL of them proving regularly that I do NOT take more than I am prescribed. They always send off your urine to tests levels in your system where I work to ensure your are not DUI at work. Can't blame them because alot of people abuse them, usually they are not the type of people who hold a job for more than a few months.
    I've been at my job 12 yrs plus and been a foreman for more than 7 years.

    Hopefully they'll fix my back soon and I can return to work
    off pain meds of any sort. That's what I hope and pray for on a regular basis. We'll see if my insurance company will actually pay for it though. We are self-insured and been told it's their job to save employer money and they get incentives for doing so.....

    Have a Merry Merry and a Happy Happy...
  • I can't believe your doc cut your dosages in half! Did you ask him why he did that? Maybe if you confront him and explain about the pee tests at work, he will be more understanding. I am sitting here absolutely livid at how they are treating you. And what if the MRI shows nothing new, does that mean they are going to think you have been faking the pain? Ridiculous.

    Are you in the Union? It sounds like it from your post, my husband is a Union worker and they get drug tested every so often I think. I would think that would satisfy your doctor and allow him to increase the pain meds.

    I hope you have a good Christmas (if you celebrate it), I'm glad the dentist's pain meds are helping your back situation.
  • Hello Again,

    I am not suprised by anything nowadays, just talked to
    a friend (RN) visiting my neighbor.

    She wanted an update and was upset and wants me to change
    NS asap. Told her I would after he releases me next month,
    plus see what he says on new MRI. Will get copy for new NS.

    We are randomly drug tested at work at least twice a year and if you have ANY accident of any kind even if someone else causes the accident. They have found it's a way to get
    rid of people and replace them with someone at a lower wage.

    No, we are not union, being a foreman I have been to management training classes where we were taught how to stop
    Union activity and warned we would be fired if we were involved in any way with Union people.
    Also instructed how to avoid in Unemployment Claims and workman's comp. and the like.
    Gotta love these "Right to Work" States, more like screw
    the workers states.

    Hope ya had a Merry Merry and have a Happy Happy...
  • Had a new MRI done Wednesday, wish they would
    have told me it was the small machine. I am
    very claustrophbic, bout lost it...45min...

    Have results Monday I hope, may travel to Little
    Rock for a new NeuroSurgeon. Found they're are
    only 9 near me and 7 of 9 are associated with the
    NEA Hospital system. They suck, they are all about
    money, don't give a damn about patients.

    Still have leg pain, back pain is worse. Well we
    now know which disc was causing my back pain. It's
    the one they cut on to stop my leg pain. Life
    kinda sucks here, gotta go back to work in same
    condition or worse than before in 2 weeks.

    Hey, had a good Christmas and New Year and we are
    all still alive. Have something to be grateful
    for I guess.
  • Most MRI's are small machines. Best to have someone drive you and take a valium before going in. If that's not possible, I found that if you close your eyes BEFORE they send you in the tube and leave them shut, there is less anxiety b/c you can pretend it's not so small in there.

    I am glad you are taking charge of your health. I'm changing doctors, mostly b/c insurance is not making it as affordable to negotiate with an out of network doctor. For 1 more surgery, i could negotiate but if it doesn't work, I wanted to built a relationship with an in network doctor.

    If you lived in the northeast, I could help recommend folks in PM but I know no one near you. I will send you one recommendation via PM.
  • First MRI was in a larger more open MRI for large people.
    Second was small, NS requested it for better detail and
    contrast. Was suppose to get a Valium post MRI but the
    Pharmacy or the NS' office screwed up figure it was latter.

    I took my meds. I had to dull my senses but it was
    what I would consider a traumatic experience. Won't
    do it again without something to calm my nerves.

    Have arranged for a NS hours away to look at my MRI
    results after I get them Monday. Hoping for the best.

    Thanks for all your advice...
  • that stinks about the valium. Yes if you can get a valium pre MRI (about 15 mins) you will generally be ok. After surgery they need to do with & withoutcontrast b/c otherwise they can't distinguish b/t scar tissue.

    Sounds rough but like you toughed it out.
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