Posted 3/10/2021 9:26 AM (GMT -6)
Hi MJade & welcome to the forum. Sorry to hear the posts that you read here has increased your fear, however, keep in mind these members had fusions which is completely different from your type of surgery. It sounds like you are having what is called a laminectomy? Post op pain is temporary. I've had several different kinds of surgeries over the years & always remind myself of this. The goal is to correct the problem.
If this were me I would make a list of questions & go see the neurosurgeon again prior to having surgery, or at least see his NP. This should help give you peace of mind.
Pain medications are notorius for causing constipation. Get a good OTC stool softner to take to ward off the constipation. It can take a few days for one to kick in & be effective, they do not work instantly. Stay away from laxatives as they deplete the colon of water, the colon is made up of 95% water. Be sure to stay well hydrated, drink plenty of water, caffeine will dry you out.
Take your medications on a schedule as directed by your dr., set a timer. Dilaudid is ok for pain, however, it can make a person feel a little loopy depending on the dosage. At least the surgeon listened because typically patients are given oxycodone for post op pain. My husband had back surgery in October & he was given 7.5mg of oxycodone & he did well with it. What helped him more than anything was the ice pack machine he was sent home with. It helped with the pain & swelling tremendously. Get yourself some cold packs, some will use bags of frozen peas or even corn & wrap it in a towel. He's 76 yrs old & has done well. They had him walking the evening of his surgery too. I would ditch the flip flops & use slippers.
Sleeping in a recliner the first couple of weeks seems to work well for people. Unless you are wanting a new bed, I would not invest in a reclining bed, your choice.
Your mom will be fine, I think you will find she will be a great helper. You can prepare food in advance & freeze it too. Lots of foods can be heated in the microwave these days. You will be instructed to keep the incision clean & dry. My husband did not have stitches, they used a glue & he had a clear bandage so the wound could be checked. It's like the Tega Derm they put over an IV. You should not put anything on the incision until it is completely healed. A lot of times the scar is in a fold on the neck & you never see it once it's healed. There are many different products in pharmacies. You need to let your body do it's own healing, I would be very leery of a product claiming it can speed up the healing process.