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July 2015 surgery buddies

ArlevinsonAArlevinson Posts: 7
edited 06/21/2015 - 9:02 AM in Surgery Buddies
Hi all, I've been reading on here a lot lately and I have finally decided to post. My surgery is scheduled for July 1st. I'm having a L5 - S1 laminotomy and microdiscectomy. This is my first back surgery and I'm getting a little nervous as its only ten days away. Looking for some surgery buddies to share our experiences with during recovery.
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  • Hey there ... welcome to the forum! I had the same surgery as you, at the same level (L5/S1), back on June 3. Just met with my doc for my 3 week post op appointment, and he said I'm doing great so far. I'm an extremely active person, and prior to this surgery I was a kickboxing/ boot camp instructor, so I know how hard this can be. My doctor has already recommended physical therapy to start this week, which seems a little early for me, but I'm excited to start, and going to take it slow. If you are in a great deal of pain, which I am going to assume you are, and you've exhausted all conservative methods of treatment, than you are ready for this.

    Believe me, I was worried about the surgery - big time. But I knew this was my path back to living a GOOD life. Be strong, and believe in yourself. You can do this. Keep the updates coming, and feel free to ask me any questions you may have. Preparation is key, and I'm here to help you through this process best I can.
    Scott Giles
  • catttywampusccatttywampus Posts: 2
    edited 06/30/2015 - 12:02 PM
    I have ben lurking on the site for a while and this is my first post. I am 45, and in great health and very athletic. This is probably how I ended up with back issues.
    I am scheduled to have a laminectomy on July 8 for L3-5. I have two "massive" herniations on L3 and L4 (10 mm x 17MM). I have never had surgery and am terrified by what I have read on the forums. Anyone else scheduled for similar surgery on July? I could use advice and moral support! Thanks!

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  • So I am less than 24hrs out from my microdiscectomy / laminotomy. I just finished taking my first of two showers with surgical soap. I have been feverishly cleaning the house so at least it starts off clean. And I went to the grocery store and stocked up so I know the kids will have food (let's just hope hubby remembers to feed them!!!!! Lol). My surgery is scheduled for 5:30 PM so I was wondering if, even though it's an outpatient procedure, would they keep me overnight due to it being such a late surgery? I mean I don't want to be released at 2AM!!! I know they do have a 23 hour observation unit and was wondering if I could possibly end up there.
  • My surgery was 45 minutes, and I was kept for observation around 30 min post surgery. It was very fast. I don't think they will keep you overnight. Don't stress, everything will go well...
    Scott Giles
  • ScottGK said:
    My surgery was 45 minutes, and I was kept for observation around 30 min post surgery. It was very fast. I don't think they will keep you overnight. Don't stress, everything will go well...
    Thanks Scott!! I hope my surgery goes as smoothly as yours did. How has the postoperative pain been?
  • Arlevinson said:
    ScottGK said:
    My surgery was 45 minutes, and I was kept for observation around 30 min post surgery. It was very fast. I don't think they will keep you overnight. Don't stress, everything will go well...

    Thanks Scott!! I hope my surgery goes as smoothly as yours did. How has the postoperative pain been?
    How was the surgery? You will be soar at the incision site for a few weeks. The first 3 + 4 days were hard, esp getting in/out of bed. It will get better though. I didn't take my pain meds because I just hate pain meds, but I would not suggest that to anyone else!
    Scott Giles
  • So I went hoeme last night at midnight because I honestly felt more comfortable in my own home and my husband is a paramedic so I knew I was in good hands. LOTS of pain and muscle spasms. Very hard to get in and out of bed and walk but I'm sure things will get batter overtime. In vested in a raised toilet seat and and suction handles for the shower (haven't tackled a shower yet, that will be tomorrow). Lots of bruises all over my body from the special operating table but they aren't painful. Thank you all for the words of encouragement.
  • I don't know if i qualify in the July's club,but I had surgery a month ago related to injuries from a car accident and I'm going to lay on the operating table again on July 15, just 6 weeks post op for another one But not spinal,I had cervical C5-C6,C6-C7 and rotator cuff 2 years ago and i know first hand about what it feels like stress, anxiety,depression.On june 3 i had for incisional abdominal herniations from previous surgery for blunt abdominal trauma with intestinal ruptures a near death experience result of that accident thanks to a young reckless driver the same one responsible for my spinal and shoulder injuries now I'm going to have my gallbladder removed in an open procedure on July 15 which is no fun.
    Good luck to all of us.....surgery is a surgery not matter what.
    June 2013 Car Accident,i suffer blunt abdominal trauma and had surgery.
    june 21 2013 ACDF C 5-6,6-7
    August 27 2013 rotator cuff surgery
    june 3 2015 abdominal incisional hernia.All kind of pain killers,opiates,epidurals and disable for life.
  • Im still in a considerable amount of pain and very weak. I did manage to get a quick shower with tons of help from the husband. My incision site it very swollen but I assume that is to expected. I am not able to walk much and when I do I have to use a cane for extra stability. I get very tired easily. For example going to the restroom takes almost all energy that I have and have to sleep after for a few hours. Getting into and out of bed is still the most painful part of my day. But I am taking my multitude of medications around the clock to try and stay on top of the pain. My husband is a lifesaver (no pun intended since he is actually a firefighter paramedic) and my children are so cute when they try and help. My youngest (seven years old) son rubs my feet every night with lotion which is heavenly. Hope an everyone on this site is doing well. Keep me posted.

  • riddleMomrriddleMom Posts: 1
    edited 07/05/2015 - 8:00 PM
    Hello All;

    I'm new to this site, but it looks like I've found "my" people! :) I am scheduled for a minimally invasive L4-S1 back fusion for my Grade 4 spondi on Wednesday, 7/22/15. I was wondering how long the average hospital stay is for people. Also, what I can do and can't do afterwards. I have read all of my surgeon's instructions, as well as other stuff on the web, but I'm wondering what real folks really have to say!!

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  • WassieWWassie Posts: 4
    edited 07/17/2015 - 3:36 AM
    Hi everyone i am new and had surgery done on Sunday. I can't feel my feet and my Budd at all, but i am walking with somebody elses feet. How long is this going to tahe Doctors say that the cause of this is sweling post surgery. Any advise please?

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  • I had a discectomie done between L3 and L4. My feet was num before and after surgery my butt is also num now the Dr's say it is post Surgery swelling and it will come right what is you take?
  • I'm about 5 wks post op and started with spasms and "heaviness" in my thigh (I had this prior to surgery) during my 2nd week. I found that once the heavy meds wore off, I felt worse. I saw my dr 2 wks ago and he said that my nerve is healing and that's why I'm having pain. The nerve is supposed to heal 1mm a day, I believe.

    I take Gabopentin at night and am hoping for some relief. My thigh pain and spasms occur at bedtime. The thigh pain is worse when I sit, which make working difficult. I'm currently in a back brace for 1 more week and am terrified to walk without it. I know my muscles are weak, but I think I am traumatized about a re-herniation. I don't think there is much disc left and I fear a fusion would be next. The anxiety is horrible. I want my life back and am determined to recover from this. I have my moments of crying, but I think of everyone with chronic pain and pray for all of us. I'm trying really hard to be positive. I'm so glad that I found this forum and this thread.
  • 3 1/2 weeks post-op now. Feel fine until I stand, sit, ride in a car, lay down, recline etc too long. Lol ..... Trying to make light of pretty much one of the hardest things I've ever gone through because I've had to do it without medication. Relearning how to move with this new body is the hardest. The simplest things aren't simple. Although this was my 3rd spine surgery I feel the most physically impacted from it. I'm not used to the lack of mobility. At all. How are yall getting through that part of it? Do you worry about your fusion (if any) not working and having to redo it again? Or te hardware failing? I am I guess because that's exactly what happened to me and why I just had another surgery. Sigh---I am just still in the post-op blues I guess. Not knowing anyone else who's had spine surgery makes it harder.
    12 vertabrae fusion 2004 w/ rods for scoliosis. July 30, 2015 Discectomy & Laminectomy w/ mesh built disc & spacer, fusion one level down, new rods & new screws. Allergic to opioids. No medication except Valium & Tylenol.
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