i posted earlier asking for suggestions for decision on the surgery. below is the link.https://www.spine-health.com/forum/discussion/88803/treatment/back-surgery-and-neck-surgery/determine-if-i-should-do-surgery-herniated-disc#latest
thanks to the comments and suggestions from this forum, i visited two neurosurgeon and one orthopedist, and consulted another patient of one neurosurgeon. eventually i chosen a neurosurgeon. it will be a micro diskectomy on my l5-s1 protrusion disc on the right and center. the surgery is scheduled two weeks later in march and will be an out patient one.
after discussing with the doctor and his nurse, i still have some small things not quite clear. please help me with them.
it is an out patient surgery and my wife will drive me home in a car, and the nurse said i can lay back in the seat. when i put more thoughts into it, i wonder if i should use a pillow at my back as support, as the car seat usually not quite flat when lay back; but i am not sure if the pillow will press the incision site.
and should i wear my waist band/support when ride home?
the surgery booklet the nurse gave me says i cannot bend or twist my waist ever for two weeks, but when i get in or out of the bed the back will be bent or twist a bit even i am very careful; even if i get up on my side like the booklet says. i wonder if this will cause any issue, or i am over sensitive.
do i must start walking on day 2 of the surgery? or i can lie in bed for several days or a week? if it only will make the recovery a bit longer.
thank you all.
Herniation diagnosed May.2015 (L4-L5 bulge, L5-S1 protrusion)
Everyday exercise: Walk 30min @ 3.5mil/H, core muscle 20min
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