I had my first post-op, and I am more confused now than ever. I really need your experiences and knowledge to help me understand.
My appointment was complicated by the facts that my surgeon was running late because he had an emergency surgery this morning. Then while he was seeing me (finally) he had to take an emergency phone call to transefer one of his patients from one hospital to another and into ICU.
While he was with me, he noticed my list of questions and was so patiently going thru them answering.
One of the things that he did during my surgery at L3-4 was place "clamps" on both sides. I wanted to know if this would help to avoid or at least prolong the need for a fusion at this level.
To my great surprise, he answered that he did a fusion! What??
He showed me how there is hardware on each side and the screw runs thru the clamp and hold the level open. He was explaining this saying, "the jury was still out, but this techniquic is thought to ...." when he was called to take the ememrgency phone call.
I don't wear a watch when I am not working, but I later learned about an hour went by....then I heard him in a near by room. My chart was still in my room....he forgot me!
His staff thought he sent me to the hospital for tests....
By the time I got the courage up, a couple of hours had went by. All in all, I was there for over 5 hours....
When they put the peices back together, I was so tired and in pain from waiting all day, I was almost in tears. He came back and heartfelt appoligized. He/they felt so bad.
But, I was choking back tears and couldn't ask my questions.
I thought I had a diskectomy, but now I have had a fusion. How could that be?
No wonder I am not where I thought I should be and am struggling. While we were talking before he was called away, I told him how I was struggling to achieve the goal of walking 2 miles. My leg pain had been absent since my surgery but returned with a vengence on Monday after I had pushed myself Sun and Mon trying to get to 2 miles but failing miserably.
It also really hurts when I laugh and I need to use my hand to brace my spine. This seemed to concern him and he seemed somewhat alarmed about it.
I really never got an answer to if I could have hurt something by pushing...
So my questions are
~how did I so misunderstand what I had done?
~my fusions at L4-5 and now L3-4 are very different
~I don't understand the type of fusion I had done
~did I damage this by not understanding thus not protecting my spine enough?
I feel so alone and confused and scared!
I see him again on the 25th but until then, please guide me. It is so not like me to have misunderstood.
Thank you for taking the time to read and respond. Spiney friends I need you!