I had a lumbar foraminotomy on Thursday the 9th..The Surgeon said the S1 area was not too bad but L4-5 was way worse than he had expected. He said he could not use the usual "roto-rooter" tool that he normally uses in that area because the nerve was so squeezed in he couldn't get that tool through (what ever that means)...he had to use the smaller instruments he normally uses in cervical foraminotomies to "chip" away at the area.....Anyway, the surgeon said the op. was in his words successful. The first 2 days I felt like I had been run over by a truck...day 3 was a little better, but every so often the sciatic pain would rear its ugly head in the effected leg....is this normal?...can I expect each day to be better?....It's day 4 now, and it seems a little better...I am definitly going to follow the orders and do nothing but rest for 2 weeks...that way if things don't work out right it won't be because I didn't follow doctors orders....The surgeon said it would probably take 3 months to see if this procedure did the job.....any comments would be appreciated.
Mon, 04/13/2009 - 1:46pm#1
4th day after Foraminotomy on L4-5 and S1