I am from UK and few days back 24-03-11, I had met an orthopaedic surgeon on referral through my GP, who after having my latest MRI, suggested surgery for me. I wasnt ready for this suggestion as I thought inspire of having sciatica in my legs, my situation was not too bad, but he suggested to have surgery to avoid cauda equina in my case as disc had herniated and bulge was big one. All he described to me was that they are going to do an inch incision and I would be staying in hospital for 4 days after surgery.
The next day, I called his secretary and confirmed to go with my surgery and she booked me on 27th April. I told her that I dont know anything about surgery and she said they are going to send me details by post.
Now I have a 16 months old boy for whom I have to hire a nanny and I don't have any close friends or relatives here, so it's just me, my partner and toddler. I assume there would be so much to do on our own and need to get myself prepared for everything.
Problem is that I am not too sure, what type of surgery is this and who is going to do that and where it would happen! I am confused as to what do I do now? I want to know every detail right now so that I can arrange for someone earlier. Do they admit the patient a few days earlier than surgery? With the limited description of the doctor, I assume, it would be microdisctomy of my L5-S1 disc. Anyone have any idea or suggestion?
Do think it's a good idea to call the secretary and ask her to book an appointment for me with the doctor to discuss about surgery? The hospital is private and I am an NHS patient, so they don't treat me the way they treat privAte patients so I was thinking that calling and bothering them may make them annoyed !
I am also unsure, as to how I should prepare myself for post surgery and what shipments should be bought? Walk walk, I read but how much? Also I am renting my flat which doesn't have any proper chair to sit, just a sofa which is not worth sitting in my condition. Which chair should I buy?