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Surgery was yesterday morning at 10 am for TILF at l4-l5. Took about 2.5 hrs and everything went well according to the neurosurgeon. The MRI I had done in August still matched up, so no new procedures were needed. The only real pain I had in the recovery room was a really deep lower back ache which, of course is to be expected after everything was done at that level. The anesthesiologist (who looked SO YOUNG) got me going stronger on the dialiid (or however you spell pronounce it) and things started feeling better in the low back. My other related pain is at a 1! Yep, that's right folks! My prayers were answered. I'm praying now that it will be the same as when I leave here!
Got up to my room about 3 PM, family stayed here unto about 4, then I got comfortable for the night. Ordered dinner off an extensive menu, then tried to get some rest while nurses, care managers, etc checked vitals all day and a night long. I wasn't able to get a good nights sleep because my drs office hadn't ordered any oral medications until this morning. So I had to push the pain pump button every 10 minutes or so. Tonight should be better since I'll have vicoden and a muscle relaxer.
I have a really dry mouth and a sore throat. Sore throat from the tube that was in it; dry mouth from the medications. One of the nurses on duty last night was able to find 2 lifesaver candies for me and I had my hubby bring me a bag of hard hard candy this morning. Really helps! I have my Chapstick for my lips, but it doesn't help the inside.
Catheter was taken out this morning without issue and I've walked to the bathroom twice now and once down the hallway with walker assistance. The physical therapist who helped me down the hall said he would order a wheeled walker for the house.
I don't want to jinx myself but I feel really good and I'm glad I had it done. I wanted to come back with an encouraging story and I think I have. Lots of prayers helped too. :-)
For those coming up in January, good luck! I keep you and your doctors in my prayers.
Synovial cyst removal in 2008. L4-L5 facet joint.
Lumbar fusion at L4-L5 in December 2013. TLIF posterior entry