The anticipation is worse than the surgery!
I really wanted to say that - and I can.
I had my decompression & fusion L4/L5 with cage and pedicle screws & rods (don't know the colour of screws - yet!)
The surgeon also decompressed the nerve root at L5 and cut a window to view the disc at L3.
He used the ground up lamina for the bone graft.
The day of surgery I needed a blood transfusion & they re-cycled my own blood that had been collected.
Today, I'm feeling so much better. They've stopped the morphine pain pump & put me on Paracetemol, Tramadol & Diclaphenic.
They removed the drain before lunchtime & have now been allowed to eat light meals.
I had 2 good sessions with the Physio, progressing to a short walk in the room & using the toilet.
Hope this encourages some of you about to go into surgery.
Will write soon.
The white TED stockings with compression booties make a real fashion statement.
Jim, to complete the look, I NEED those red pumps!!