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I previously posted in the Back Surgery and Neck Surgery Forum. My wife had surgery yesterday so I am now posting in the Recovering from Surgery Forum. This was her second surgery. The first one, a L4-L5 microelectronic was a year ago in October 2017, left her with chronic pain.
Today is day one after surgery.
The one level TLIF with supporting titanium rods took about two and a half hours. The neurosurgeon said there was scarring around the nerve from the prior surgery that he removed. He said removing the scar tissue may cause more nerve pain at the same area as before for awhile. After recovering from the anesthesia, the pain was pretty manageable with IV meds but she had severe nausea and vomited multiple times. She was unable to eat.
She had severe pain in her left leg and some pain in her right leg prior to surgery. She can't tell if the pain has changed get since her legs are wrapped in tight cuffs to a machine to prevent blood clots. The physical therapist already came by but therapy was not possible because my wife could not move her body due to pain.