I just haven't had anything positive to say. And have not been in a very good frame of mind, most of the time.
I think my mind shut down when I heard the word surgery. My wife was with me. And she said most of this was explained to me pre at that time. And the changes were explained to me post op. But because they couldn't get the pain managed I was just whacked and in never, never land.
But I knew the fusions were done in 2 parts, anterolateral and the other posterior. And when he finished those He was going to due an exploratory and clean up on a past surgery (L,4, 5,&S1
But that turned into a 5 hr. decompression, open laminectomy. And that's an animal I knew nothing about. And even after reading up on it. I was very concerned that I just went through this unimaginable pain for nothing. It was supposed to give me 5 to 30% reduction in pain. But a open laminectomy and decompression is much different than a micro D. Which was the only thing I was familiar with.
I went in to my 2 month evaluation with the surgeon. And he calmed my fears. He said for a average age man in decent shape it would be a 1 year recovery. And at least 3 to 4 mos. before It could be considered a success or failure. Well I'm 63 and for the last 18 mos. I've been sedentary. So there would be a completely different schedule for me. I haven't been able to walk more that 5 min. x 2 a day. And anything more brings on uncontrollable pain. And the pain 2 mos. post surgery is still a 5 to 7. w/ meds.
But he said that none of it surprised him. And the important thing was the x rays looked good and the fusion has already started.
So I guess I'll have to get used to slow, having a new meaning!
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