Had first follow up appointment with surgeon today, 10 day post op. Incision looking good. Nurse took dressing off gave it a clean up and replaced it with another waterproof dressing which I can remove in 5 days. After which can shower normally, start to apply vitamin E cream and massage to help with scar tissue. Still fairly swollen at site. Dissolvable stitches, always a bonus! I will continue to ice my back.
Gee it's hard to get my surgeon to explain anything, top surgeon but lacking on bedside manner! Clear to start physiotherapy, work on core strength and rehabilitation. Basically need to just take it easy and not change what I'm doing until I see physio. He says I would have had the numbness I am feeling now in my foot and leg before surgery just that the severe pain I was having would have masked it. I don't think so but pain does do weird things, so I'll go with it. Reckons it may take up to 12 months for the numbness to resolve. I have slight swelling around my ankle of my affected leg which I told him and nurse about they said its common related to surgery, didn't even check it out, just asked if I had an ache in my calf to rule out blood clot. Oh and no more compression stockings!
I will follow up again with Surgeon in 3 weeks time.
Overall I'm feeling pretty good. I have had good resolution of my pain after surgery. The car ride today stirred my back up a bit. Have been on feet for most of the day and feeling it a little now. Rest will help. Trying to stay positive which gets a tad frustrating at times as I'm so far off my normal routine and it's a bit of a crappy time of year to be in this situation - can't wait to see physio and get a bit of a plan happening and more of a frank discussion about rehab. I will post again after Seeing surgeon in 3 weeks time as others posts really help me with the unknown.
Best wishes to you all,
Happy New Year - May it bring health and happiness X