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had my surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
On 01/05/2009 I had a "matrix" decompression of my l3-l4 disc. The surgery took 2 1/4 hours. The incision site is about one inch long. When I woke up, I was in pain. It was quickly taken care of and by the time I got to my room I felt as if I had gotten my life back.
I was up and walking in no time-the nurse had to tell me to slow down. I was released from the hospital the next morning. I have been home for three days now. the pain has been tolerable. It is in the incisioan site mainly. I am being extremelycareful-don't want to go back to the same place I came from.
Doc says that i may have some pain in my leg and buttock because of the amount of nerve manipulation he had to do. Also said the herniation was such that no matter what I had been trying, it would not have releived the pain.
I plan on going back to work on Monday-after one week off. I have a desk job that allows the opportunity to get up and move about.
My only issue is--why am I so blah today. My surgery sounds so much less than the others here. I should be grateful but am still worried. I can't explain it.


  • and the anesthesia takes a long time to leave the body as well as the drugs used during surgery. Does your doctor agree with you going back to work so soon or is this your idea? Give your body a chance to heal. Take care and glad everything went so smoothly for you.
  • Be kind to yourself, surgery does take a lot out of us. For months you were suffering all that pain, wearing your body out. Now that your body is recovering, it's finally taking a break. After-affects of the meds and anesthesia also probably are playing a part.

    Take care and take it easy when you go back to work,

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  • It's not uncommon to have a "honeymoon" immediately after surgery. You feel good and relieved.
    It's the meds.
    They can also alter the body's chemistry.
    I had some really really bad emotions and thoughts after my L5-S1 discectomy.

    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
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