I had surgery to remove a hernitation at the l4 l5 area of my spine 12 days ago.
my symptoms before the surgery were alot of pain in my leg while sitting. It went on for about 14 months. before I finally got the surgery.
The doctor told me it was actually a very easy surgery with very good prognosis and outcome because of the type of herniation - farlateral, and where it was located in my spine.
I finally got it done. surgical pain after the surgery - minimal. i didn't even take the stupid pain medz. I was given some at the hospital before I left. I was uinder the knife about 45 minutes. woke up - accidently moved and pulled my iv out. blood squirted everywhere. they cleaned it. gave me a pain shot. they made me walk - no problem and go to the bathroom. all good.
got in car drove home 2.5 hours. ( I didn't drive of course)
anyway the reason i'm here and typing this up is because I'm 12 days post surgery and my leg pain is much worse than before surgery. I called the doctors office and they said there was scar tissue around the hernitation and they expected me to be inflamed in that area for some time.
I was told I could go back to work in 2 weeks, and to be honest i'm way worse off now at 12 days than i was before this surgery. I'm getting a little concerned.
I found overall the back surgery to be pretty easy compared to other procedures i've had to have done. the recovery really didn't require me to do any PT. he said just try to walk 30 minutes or so a day. thats no problem. walking was never a problem its sitting. I can't sit comfortably for 14