I'm currently 23 and 1/2 hour post-op and doing great.
I ended up with a 2 level PLIF, just as planned. When I talked to the NS about how bad L4/3 looked, he kind of shrugged and looked at me like it's not going to last and I'll have to do this again, but we'll do what we can until then.
My surgery was 5 hours. Minimal blood loss.
NS said that the discs were just as bad as we thought, but not worse. Everything went well, easy and no complications.
I woke up with a pain level of (now get this!!) ZERO! Yes a big fat 0. Strangely though I was DRENCHED in a sweat - I felt like I had been in a sauna.
Yes, I have had spikes in pain since then, getting up to go walking, rolling over, but by far the very WORST part was the :sick: loads of sick I've been tossing up.
They have me alternating Phenagren (sp), and Zofran. I get Morphine shots for pain every 3 hours.
I have gone an hour with no pain meds on 2 occasions so far. Once when the IV clotted and it took forever to get another line going - I needed the IV administered Zofran in order to be able to handle the morphine. The second time was just waiting while the nurse was in another patients room. Both times were bearable.
At this point I was in more pain when I walked into the hospital yesterday morning than what I feel right now.
It is a different pain though. The pain levels do spike to a 7 or 8, one time a 9 as I've log-rolled my way up to go walking, despite the help of 2 people on either side of me helping me.
I have been up and walking 4 times. I have not been able to keep anything but some liquids in my stomach. Dinner comes in another hour and a half, I have a dose of Zofran on board and I am sticking with soups and liquids.
Oh, the only other bad things going on:
1- Some new numbness in my right leg - never had anything going on with that leg prior to surgery. NS said he will do a scan(?) tomorrow if it persists.
2- The amount of drainage coming from my back was surprising to the NS. It's been a quite a bit.
3- NS said I'll be here for 4 to 5 days instead of the 2 to 3 the nurses had said in pre-op.
Hugs all (very very soft) hugs