That’s the day I am slated for surgery. Simple description: they go into the area that’s causing trouble, shave off the pain-causing disc material that’s pressing up against the nerve and then take out a little bit extra of the disc material to make sure that stuff doesn’t bulge out again. A 45 minute surgery.
I go home the next day. Should be able to walk, though I’ll probably be stiff and in pain. I’ll be on the heavy medicine for about a week. Won’t be able to lift stuff for a while. First a single bag of groceries, a briefcase or a laptop. Then nothing more than 10-15 lbs. Physical therapy gets mixed in there somewhere as well as pushing through whatever residual pain until all the muscles are returned to normal.
Super encouraging things:
- “This is the easiest and most frequently done surgery we do.”
- Surgeon-man had the same procedure done to him 3.5 months ago. Steph and I wouldn’t have been able to tell unless he told us. Brother was walking and standing without any hitch in his get-along.
So until Aug 20, I just have to avoid doing anything gigantically stupid. Praise God for doctors and medicine.