Last week I got a second opinion from a surgeon and this is what he proposed doing. To my understanding, he will remove the bone fracture and bad disc, squirt some goop in between L5 and S1 that will include the bone removed and screw me back together. I am upbeat about this and a bit scared all at the same time. I've been dealing with the pain and discomfort for over two years now. I've tried every thing known to man to deal with this and the only thing that brings any sort of relief now is sleep, when i can get some, and pain meds. I am a recovering alcoholic and do not like to be on pain meds. That scares me more than anything else right now. I have acquired over 17 years sober through Gods grace and do not wish to wind up in the gutter. This is my biggest reason for the surgery.
The surgeon was very thorough in his explanation of what's wrong with me and what he can do to help me. The surgery is scheduled for the 24th of this month. He told me he would expect me to be able to get back to work full time in about a month. I don't have that amount of time available to me to be out financially right now. I have set up a 10 day period for recovery. I am not over weight, I do smoke, I do a lot of resting now and my job only requires me to sit most of the day anyway. I figure if i can sit at home, I can sit at work. The job is not physically demanding and I have good people who would help me with anything too. Oh, the job I do is a 2nd level hardware/software tech and I do most of the remote work via phone.
My question(s) for you all is, am I being unrealistic in my expectations of being able to get back to work? See, I wonder because the surgeon basically told me that he's seen patients over the years be able to get back to work that quick and some who take months. He said it's up to me. I've only had sinus surgery 10 years ago and never had any other surgery before. Never broke a bone in my life either. I have no idea how much worse the pain will be nor do I understand what he means by 'stamina'. I have pretty good stamina normally. How and why would this be effected by being cut open and screwed back together? LOL I don't understand any of this. I plan on calling the office today to ask these questions but I'm looking for positive input from you all who have gone through this type of thing.