Re: Back surgery next friday = help
wow! it must all be a shock to you as its all happening so fast!
As Emily said, its hard to comment without knowing what surgery you are having, but it sounds as though your disc prolapse is causing nerve compression, due to the leg pain and numbness which sounds very significant, hence the surgeon wanting to get something done fast to avoid nerve damage if left for too long.
I wonder if the surgeon will give you a 'decompression' surgery, I had this done a couple of years ago for the same symptoms, and its usually the norm, especially as its your first spinal surgery.
A decompression involves taking the prolapsed part of the discs away so that it is no longer in contact with the nerves,and therefore will if a success, stop the referred pain from the disc that is causing your leg pain and numbness. when I had mine done in 2006 it was a great success and after recovery I was pain free for 18 months (other problems came about but thats another story!)
I hope that this helps, and I wish you the very best of luck, as Emily suggested already, the post surgery tips are great, they really helped me prepare for my recent surgery, and I will be using it again soon for my 3rd!
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