I am in day 2 of recovery from my hybrid surgery. The plan originally was to attempt a 2 level ADR with possible fusion on the lower level if replacement wasn't possible which is often the case.
As it happens the lower level was a successful replacement however the L4/L5 needed to be fused so it was the opposite to what was expected.
My recovery so far has been good. I know it's only day 2 but I have been up and walking unaided since day 1.
I was suffering severe nerve pain from my left hip all the way to my foot with accompanying lower back pain from two herniated disks.
The first thing I noticed when I woke up was that the nerve pain was gone completely.
I have a slight ache in my lower back but I wouldn't really class it as pain. It feels more like when you've sat for too long and are just a bit stiff.
As I said I know I'm only in day 2 and have a long way to go but I wanted to share a positive story for anyone facing this hybrid surgery.
The real pain is from the anterior incision site which is very painful however compared to the nerve pain I was suffering before it is nothing.
I attended London bridge hospital and was operated on by Dr who I cannot recommend enough. All of the staff in the hospital have been wonderful and the level of care has been first class.
Here's to hoping the rest of the recovery goes as well as the start.
Wishing you all well