I'm going to see my surgeon a week before the surgery so I guess I can ask him these questions then, but I can't stop thinking about it now. I think I'm OK with the first few weeks at home, in a lot of pain, and I'll have my family around to help, but what about at the hospital?
What is it like right after you wake up from surgery? I've only been under anesthesia when I got my wisdom teeth out, but that was 22 years ago. Will I feel pain instantly? Will I already be on pain meds? Will my wife be able to be in recovery (or will it be a regular room?) when I wake up?
With fusion surgery (TLIF) are you able to lay on your back right away? What was sleeping like right after surgery? Are you able to sleep much because of the pain or does the meds just knock you out?
And since I'm getting minimally invasive surgery, are you able to eat regular foods right away or will I be on a liquid diet at first?
Sorry for all the questions but what better place to ask them, right?