TLIF Surgery lots of ????
Hello all.. I am new to this forum so forgive me if I babble alot.. I have had DDD and severe at l5-s1 along with disc protrusion and annular tear at the same level.. My pain is mainly from IDD with some buttocks pain, leg pain that goes into my foot on the left side,, I have had all the PT, Rest, Epidural Injections, facet injections and all types of meds.. I had a discogram on 12-15-10 which confirmed my pain was from discogenic pain at l5-s1 level and that l4-l5 would hold the fusion.. The discogram was PAINFUL as hell when he injected the bad disc.. L3-l4, and l4-l5 there was just pressure.. I seen the furoscopic image after it was done and the bad disc the dye was going everywhere.. The other 2 disc looked like a small cotton ball and was formed as they shoulda been.. I met with the neurosurgeon on 12-29-10 and we decided on a TLIF minimal invasive with harware ( 4 pedicle screws, BMP cage and my own bone for fusion and bank if necessary with rods to be inserted).. My questions come in here.. What to expect affter surgery while in recovery and what meds should i choose for pain control ie: Morphine, Dilaudid and also what is best in the PCA pump.. I know everyone is different but I am opiate tolerant from the years of being on oxycodone, hydrocodone etc.. My surgeon is very compassionate and will usually agree to what ever the patient decides on.. #2. How long is the Hospital stay usually? #3.. What was your overall pain and healing time once at home? #4. Any helpful pointers for after surgery home stay? I will be grateful to hear any suggestions or storys u may have.. Thank You..