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Nervous about Surgery - microdiscectomy

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,002
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:31 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi All!

I am about to undergo a microdiscectomy of l5/s1 on Jun 18th. Although I have researched the procedure I am very nervous. I have never had surgery before and do not know what to expect. If anyone would be so kind as to what I should expect at the hospital, being put under, etc would greatly appreciate it!



  • It's natural that you are a little anxious.I had this procedure done less than 48 hours ago.I'm home and feeling fine.Not sure if you're in the UK,if you are the chances are you will be put under by an anaesthetist(who will have chatted with you beforehand) before you enter the main operating theatre in a small room adjacent.You will have a small injection in the back of your hand(very slight scratch type feeling)an oxygen mask will be placed over your mouth,after a couple of breaths you will feel and remember nothing until you wake in a post op recovery room with a very attentive member of staff taking care of you and reassuring you that everything is ok.Good luck and try not to worry too much.By the very nature of forums you tend to get a bias towards the negative side,the positive outcomes tend to move on and don't bother posting in my experience.
  • You are lucky that you've not needed surgery before. I am, unfortunately, a veteran of many surgeries. The microdiscectomy is really not bad at all. I had one in December 2007 and remember that it almost instantaneously relieved the leg pain I was having. The recovery was not bad at all and I felt really well after it. I only had a small bandaid for the wound. Hopefully, you'll do just fine. I hope it's all the surgery you ever need.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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  • Have you had a discogram yet?
    On the sunny and mild Central Coast of California

    L4-L5 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy June, 2007
    L5-S1 endoscopic transforaminal microdiscectomy May, 2008
  • Had a MRI a few months ago at the onset of the pain, etc. but no discogram.

  • Thanks for the feedback so far. The doc say it will be a same-day ordeal. He asks that I work from home (IT manager) for three weeks before working from the office again.

    How long do you folks think I should take "fully offline" from work after the procedure to rest/relax?
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  • I was able to sit for about 30 min. after 4 weeks. Your job sounds like it requires a lot of sitting. Make sure you walk around for 30 sec after you sit for 30-45 min. You might already know this--sitting is not good for your back. Give your back a break by sitting and then walking around for 30 sec.
  • Hi
    I had this same proceedure done 4-8-09... you'll be fine but being nervous, is normal. I had a 3 level cervical fusion in '08 and then this. So, no stranger to surgery here. But, my leg pain has been allieviated. Back is still killing me though and am on strong narcotic meds..

    Best of luck...God Bless

  • Thanks everyone for the info.

    I got a call last Friday and the doc was able to move my surgery to the 8th due to my pain levels.

    I am having a hard time walking and on higher doses of narcs, which I hate. Not too mention the nasty side effects associated with constant narcs. I get bad naseua and constipation with this stuff, but without it I am at a 8/9 pain level. Any tips for those side effects would be great!

    I am still a bit nervous, but looking forward to waking up and knowing that improvement will be coming soon. Looking forward to a normal life soon.

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