Had the TLIF L5S1 on the 16th. Scheduled for noon, didn't get in untl 2pm. Was in recovery by a little after 4pm. WOW!! Just over 2 hrs. Purple screws (go Vikings)and PEEK cage. Surgeon said other than scar tissue from previous decompressions, everything went great. I had no pain in recovery. Doc said he gave an Interthecal (?) of morphine, and it was to last about 18hrs. Had PCA of dilaudid, only pressed the button before I got out of bed to head to the bathroom. Barely needed it.
On Wednesday night, the 17th, they took me off the PCA and put me on oral percocet, 5-325mg, 2 every 4 hrs, and Oxycontin, 10 mg CR, 1 or 2 every 12 hrs. Worked great, no pain. Was up walking around and on Friday morning, the 19th, was doing 9 stairs without much of a problem. Sent me home that afternoon.
Home has been terriffic so far! I am probably 70% self sufficient, still can't do everything for myself and most likely won't for a while. Satin sheets, OMG! Didn't really think about how much better they would be before the surgery, but now, can't even imagine not having them for ease of getting in/out of bed and rolling on my side. Yesterday, Friday the 26th, was taken off the Percocet and given Vicodin, 7.5-500, to be taken 1 or 2 every 4-6 hours. So far, I have been able to take 1 every 4, and do the Oxycontin 2 pills during the day and 1 at night.
I am so surprised (and thrilled) at how little pain I have had. A lot of people are scared before fusion surgery (as was I ) so I really wanted to put out a post on a successful surgery with a lot of positives. Also, I have not had any leg or back pain (except of the actual surgery of course) since waking up in recovery. I couldn't be happier.