Hi fellow spineys.
Well, I had my surgery Tuesday and just talked to my doctor. (Isn't it amazing how te nurses say one thing and the doc another??) Anyway, First of all, I only had to have L3/4 Lami and fusion, although they sent probes down through my L4/5 fusion and above at L2/3 to open space for the nerves to stave off future stenosis, as those spaces were closing up and the scar tissue at L4/5 was growing.
They took out the hardware at L4/5 (and put in a bag in case I want it, why I do, I have no iea) and replaced it with longer rods to cover L3/4 and 4/5 and put in larger screws at L4/5 due to wear and tear.
So here's where the discepancy comes in between the docs and nurses - all the nurses, after seeing how good I walk and my fluid output, said going home today shouldn't be a problem. My doc (the surgeon's PA) comes in, we talk and he smiles that I'm doing so good and says well looks like you can go home tomorrow.
I said "WHAT??? PLEEEEEAAAASSSSSEEEE" let me go home this afteroon. Please, please." He said that with a second surgery, where they cut seems to heal slower so he'd like to give it one more day so I don't overdo and I swore to him I wouldn't, to please talk to the surgeon and get me out today. He said he would and could probably make it happen. Fingers are soooo crossed.
Then you have the hubby. He has church band practice tonight and told me not to make going home to late because he has band practice tonight and again, i' like "WHAT???? PRACTICEEEEE? Let's get our priorities straight - my going home comes before ANYTHING!!!" So I made sure to tell my doc that if he could make it at least late afternoon, I'd love him forever, however, I think he knows that.
So anyway, my little Wally has been extremely depressed having never spent a day away from me since he was just a puppy and he's almost 4 now, and I miss him just as much.
The good news is that all went well and only the next month will tell how soon I go back to work and how I'm doing. I'm in a lot of residual surgical site pain with still some pain down the back of my legs (all perfectly normal) and want to go home just taking my normal Norcos and Diazapam with Percs for extreme episodes. We had originally talked of my having a morpine-type med (not dilaudid, does nothing for me) for those extreme times, but I like to stay with what I'm used to and don't want to get into anything heavier than necessary. I can take some pain having been through all this a few times before, so as long as I can get the edge off, I'm ok. Plus my Wally, chair and yes. even huby.
So hang in there everyone. Anticipation is always worse that the surgery, maybe not long-term sometimes, but it does come and go. Just be sure to be honest with your doc and ifv you promise to be good, then be good!