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Back from my postop appointment...


About a week ago (which would put me about 2 1/2 weeks post op) I started getting my old pains back periodically, and I had one loss of function episode. At my postop appt. NS things I may have reherniated. So, for now, start slow and easy with PT aquatherapy. If symptoms get worse, I'm to call him, and we'll have to do another microdiscectomy with a fusion... :(

Off to research fusions now.



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,842
    that is what you need right now.

    You are so very fresh out of surgery. Anyone that has experienced spinal surgery, small or large will go through the same basic cycle.

    • - Initially, the original pain you had before surgery is gone
      - Then you start in with the surgical pain, which can last from 3 days up to 3 weeks
      - Then you start in with the ups/downs of recovery. A lot depends on when and/or if you started physical therapy
      - New pains start to surface
      - Some of the original pains start to surface
      - You get weak, you get strong, you get weak again
    This is just a very simple summary of what most people will go through. Most of the time, the surgeon and/or hospital will release a patient with post surgical routines. Part of that would normally include what to expect, what not to. It provides you with a simple guideline to know if you should contact your doctor. The majority of the time, when a new pain surfaces, it would last only a couple of days. After that, it subsides. Some people jump immediately to call their doctor the first time they feel new pain. I can not say what is right or wrong in those situations, but I can say to expect the unexpected. Only you as the patient knows when its time to contact the surgeon.

    There are situations when you should always contact the surgeon.

    • - Fever of over 99 is present
      - Uncontrollable chills
      - Big rash from the surgical site
      - A good amount of drainage from the surgical site (some is always expected)
    That is not an all inclusive list, just noting a few situations.

    Using common sense and good judgement is always very important.
    Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com
  • Great information, thank you!
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