So I'm post-op day #6 from my discectomy at L4-L5 last Tuesday and I finally got discharged today! My discharge was delayed due to the crazy snow storm this weekend. My surgeon was just not comfortable letting me go home in the middle of it on Saturday or Sunday (we don't get much snow here so everything comes to a stand-still; we got about 8 inhces!).
Everything went pretty well, he performed a sub-total discectomy and removed about 80% of the disc. I was in a whole lot of pain post-op, I was actually crying in the PACU so they had to put on a PCA pump with Dilaudid. Anesthesia blamed my low pain tolerance on the Vicodin I took pre-op but I never took more than 2-3 a a day. I was taken off of that on Friday and transitioned to Percocet and Zanaflex. I worked with PT and they gave me a walker to take home. Right now the pain is mostly at my incision site and I'm having some significant issues with spasm. Unfortunatley, I got used to the hospital bed and can't seem to find a way to get comfortable in my own bed now. I'm very much looking forward to Thursday so I can take off my dressing and shower! I'll see my surgeon again in 3 weeks.
I'm going to try to lay down again for a nap. I haven't been able to sleep more than 3 hours at a time since surgery.
I'll try to post more later!