I just wanted to let you know, especially those new to spine surgery, that you can call your hospital and get an operations report that has all the notes that were taken during your surgery by your surgeon and assistant, and many times the neuromonitor who continually tested your nerves during your procedure. You can usually find the form you need to fill out on your hospital's website and can mail the request in. It's generally free, but depending on the hospital, you may have to pay a minimal price. There should also be a number you can call to make sure you fill out the form properly, although it's usually pretty clear-cut.
Although it probably won't tell you much more than you already know, it is an interesting report that can (and in my case did) reiterate that my surgeon found more issues than originally thought before he went in. It should also show all the hardware that has been inserted into your spine and what was else may have been used to fill in disc space, etc.
Especially for those that are keeping records of your treatments, etc., it's a good thing to keep with your other records, like your MRI report, etc. I've never needed this OR for anything, but like having it available to me so I know exactly what they did while I was in lala land.
It might also be valuable information to have on hand for those of you who are seeking another surgeon after already having surgery and trouble with your current surgeon.
Just thought I'd let you know. Although it's sometimes difficult to understand all the language and such, at the very least, it's interesting to know exactly what they did and what they used during your surgery.