I went in for an L5/S1 decompression last Thursday. The doctor was determined, by 6AM on Friday that I was going home that day, even though I had stated that I was in severe pain, and was also experiencing fairly extensive numbness. Is that normal?
Also, all of the videos, pictures and articles I've seen, there's only one incision. My surgeon used 2 incisions, about two inches to either side of the spine. Why would that be?
I wondered if it was because I was originally supposed to have minimally invasive done, but he told me on the operating table that he couldn't do it, because he didn't have the tools there. I asked how long the recovery was for the traditional method, and he said "about the same". Does that sound right?