Hello my fellow spine patients,
Here is a little history from me. I am a retired 12 year military Veteran. Had my first back surgery (Lamenectomy/Descectomy) in 2012. The surgery worked for about 6 months then all hell broke loose. The doctor who did my first surgery was a Neurosurgeon. So, this time I decided to go with a Orthopedic surgeon who specializes only in the spine. I decided to go with the xxxx (who come highly recommended). I have severe leg pain in both legs and buttock pain that wraps around to both sides. My last MRI showed L5/S1 para central disc protrusion with degenerative disc disease along with two perineural cysts one on my S1-S2 level and another on my L5 nerve root. I have an Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion scheduled on June 2nd, 2015 and I'm super nervous. Has anyone had this surgery before? How long was your hospital stay? How much pain were you in when you woke up after the surgery, or did they manage your pain pretty well at the hospital? A lot of people are telling me they will put a catheter in you and take it out on the second day, is that true?