I just joined spine health a few weeks ago , so most of you do not know me yet. I wanted to post though for other people who may be looking for information.
I had a T12 L1 Right sided Disk Herniation with Central Spinal Stenosis. I had weakness, severe pain and pins and needles all through out my lower half.
I had a Thorasic HemiLaminectomy , Disectomy and Decompression done 5 days ago.
The Surgeon took a posterior approach and had estimated 2-3 hours for the surgery. It took over 5 hours. The surgeon told me I was days away from a complete compression and block of the spinal cord. I woke up from surgery with absolutely no pain anywhere. I was on heavy drugs and a pain pump so I told myself it was just the pain meds blocking all the pain. I was prepared for the nerve pain to back and , knew it could take a year or more to go away.
A few hours after surgery they got me up and walking. I held off on the pain pump and my whole family waited with me for a hour for the pain to kick back in. After a little bit my incision started to hurt, but my legs were just a blank. Nothing hurt, tingled or worse was numb.
When I surgeon came in, I got out of bed, did a little dance, and hugged him and kissed him right on his head!!! I cried most of the night in complete happiness that this surgery was a success.
Reading through the forums. I know now how incredibly lucky I was and am to have found a good surgeon who knew what he was doing, and was willing to do this surgery and help me.
I still have a little bit of nerve pain crop up from time to time. But it mostly just the nerves rebounding electrical activity and it it not severe enough to even need a pain pill.
I can not sit with out a pillow to cushion my incision, and I need to get up and walk every 30 minutes to relieve the pressure of sitting. But over all, my surgery was a complete success!