So here I am. I had the surgery for a decompression and the coflex implant installed. It does done outpatient at a hospital because of a 23 hour observation period and a metric ton of antibiotics. (Just kidding, ended up with like five bags of IV antibiotics as a preventative measure).
I can't thank the nurses and doctors and techs enough. They made the whole experience actual fun. They had the right personalities and everything. I would do it again in a heartbeat just because of the staff there!
Now, for the positives!
So far, I've had absolutely no trouble with stairs or walking or even standing up from a sitting position. I'm surprised at how easy it is to do these things!
My chief complaint pre surgery was my left leg pain and numbness and tingling. And restless legs at night. So far, those two seem to be gone. But it's still a little soon.
For the bad, but not terrible:
The pain starts from mid thoracic all the way down to the S1-S2 area. It isn't terrible, but your body certainly let's you know that there's been trauma somewhere back there.
I physically can't bend far enough to clean after being practical, which sucks. But the good news is I've still not been practical (I'm sure that's bad news) but I'm hoping my body can wait until I can do it myself. My poor family.
Sitting and laying down is tough. Once I'm in the right position though, the pain is bearable. All in all, so far I'm pretty happy with the coflex device. Even with all the trauma and swelling, my nerves just...feel relieved, I guess is the best way to say it. I sat at a computer chair for a bit today like I used to and my leg didn't fall asleep!
Still trying to get used to the better posture though. Now I sit like I went to reform or catholic school.
I want ant to thank you guys too. All the posts on here and all the information gathered in this place has comforted my anxiety pre-surgery and the advice certainly has helped me so far post surgery. Thank you.