So I'm due to have a L5/S1 discectomy in a week. Starting to get a bit scared as it's my first operation but also hoping that it will mean an end to this horrible pain!
I've been trawling the forums to get an idea of preparing for recovery etc and am a bit concerned. My ortho said that I'd be back at work in two weeks doing normal duties or "whatever I felt comfortable doing". I work with kids with special needs and need to lift them or catch them if they fall etc, so I was a bit sceptical about this and having read the threads on this forum two weeks seems a bit optimistic? Would like to hear from those who've gone before about whether two weeks seems right?
Also, what's the incision site pain like? I've never been cut open before so I have no idea what to expect. What are we talking, on a scale of 1-10 (where 10 is like childbirth or something :P)? How many days is it roughly before you can move without the chance of it splitting open? :P