Just wanted to introduce myself and say how grateful I am for this blog. I'm a 52 year old female. I had a TLIF on March 31; the neurosurgeon removed what remained of my disc at L4/L5, performed a foraminotomy, removed a calcified cyst from the L5 nerve root, inserted a cage of bone graft, and gave me a bilateral fusion.
My doctor warned me that the surgery would be "very painful." Nevertheless, although I've had several surgeries in my life, I didn't know what he really meant. Did I ever underestimate what I was in for, although I can't say I would have refused surgery anyway due to the pain and other difficulties I was already having. I'd exhausted all other known options and I was just plain desperate. I'm sure everyone on this board is all too familiar with that feeling!
Due to complications with anesthesia and post-op painkillers, I learned practically nothing about personal aftercare before I was released from the hospital after three days. I couldn't even get out of bed without help; the pain was quite intolerable. (They recommended PT follow-up for a week in another facility, but I never heard back from my insurance company on whether they would cover the expense.)
So I'm very thankful for this blog, where I've learned many helpful tips about making my recovery easier. I'm also very grateful for my husband! It's been a very long 4 1/2 weeks, but it could have been much worse. I'll save my questions for another post. Thank you!