I thought I would share my story from the beginning to document my recovery. This is my second surgery, first was also to L5S1 in 2012. Last time I had complications so took me a long time to get better.
Had the surgery yesterday morning. They went through all risks etc and I then went down to theatre. Fell asleep & woke up 1.5-2hrs later. I woke up to doctors asking if I could we wiggle my toes. My right ones wouldn't move & the back pain was intolerable. Stayed in recovery for nearly 2 hours whilst they gave me increasing amounts of IV morphine. Leg pain was gone. I had foot weakness before the operation, but was worse straight after. It was very scary. Over the course of the day, the strength started to come back & now it's same as before surgery. Took me a while to get pain meds sorted on day 1. I'm now on oxynorm (10mg), oxycontin (10mg) & IV paracetamol. I had no sciatica when I woke up, however around 3 hours post surgery, I stood up to walk to & use the toilet & pain come back right leg & marginal in left leg (some pins and needles in left side toes off and on, altered sensation and numbness in right foot - same as pre-surgery). Sleeping has been very hard, had maybe 2 hours so far. Painful to lie flat, easier on side but not tolerable for long as seems to worsen foot numbness.
It is very early day(s) so I'm hopeful to update you all with positive progress in next few weeks.
Last surgery seemed different. Worse pre-surgery pain, no numbers or loss of strength, similar immediate pain. Took me around 3-4 mo to come off oxycontin & oxynorm & on array of painkillers for past 3 years. L5S1 disc had sequestered surgery 1 so lots of disc removed. Seeing the surgeon tomorrow to hear about the current surgery. He told me family it was more straightforward & no disc wrapped round nerve like last time, but did talk about removing quite a few disc fragments. I'll update you all soon.
PM me if you have questions. Hope you are all healing well.