I have my first (and hopefully last) microdiscectomey scheduled for 4/6/10. I have a herniated L5-S1, pressing pretty heavily on the nerve and causing excruciating pain in my right butt cheek, and down my entire right leg. My right calf and the top of my foot are numb and the leg is weak.
I've had the herniated disc for 16 years but it worsened this past January. I was incapacitated for 3 weeks before finally gong for an epidural. Then last week the sciatic stuff happened and I am unable to walk, stand or anything. The pain is excrutiating. An MRI this week confirmed the worsening of the disc and I saw the surgeon yesterday.
So what can I expect in terms of post op and recovery time? I am a professional riding instructor and manage a horse farm with 27 horses, so my job is very physical. I know I'll be unable to ride for some time, but I'm mostly looking for what to expect in terms of pain relief post-op.
How long will I be "bed-ridden"? How long before i can walk around? Bend? Go back to work? Back to the gym? What kind of pain will I experience from the surgical incision?