"Spinal decompression"

About: Orthopaedics & Spine Specialist Hospital Site

i had an operation for spinal decompression at the beginning of April,having been referred by my GP.Initially,I saw the consultant in January,followed by another chat five weeks later,when an appointment for the operation was arranged.This had to be delayed by three weeks,but when the day of the operation came,I was at the hospital early in the morning,and raring to go.A chat to the surgeon,and another to the anaethatist,and then I was ready for theatre,dressed appropriately in gown and white socks!I eventually went to theatre and renewed my aquaintance with the anaethetist,who administered the anaesthetic via a canular in the back of my left hand.I was away with the fairiesand the next thing I remember was waking up in my room,feeling a little light headed,but not really in any pain.The nurses were all very nice,supplying lots of tea and water,followed by a light meal.I had already mastered the TV earlier that morning,so was happy to lie backand enjoy the evening's programmes,as well as using my mobile to let the family know that I was ok.At some stage during the evening,I was allowed to use the loo,under supervision,and settled down for a comfortable nigh's sleep.The following morning,I managed to wash and shave,followed by a vey welcome full English.A visit from the surgeon confirmed that I would be able to go home about eleven o'clock,followed by a visit from the physiotherapist,and a trial run at managing the stairs My overall experience was that I was treated extremely well by everyone,the accomodation was clean and comfortable,and the catering great. I have just been back to see the consultant,and been discharged,with only minor restrictions to my lifestyle,and then not for much more than another three weeks or so.

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