Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Sex after surgery

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I had spine surgery less than a week ago. A microdiskectomy to relieve a herniated disc. I dare say that if you ever have to have spine surgery, this is probably the best one to get. The pain caused by the herniated disk is gone, gone, gone. Sweet relief.

But there's no escaping the fact that I had back surgery, though. I've got an ugly scar and no small amount of incision pain. However, I'm on my feet and (almost) feeling ready to venture out.

I finally took a good look at my hospital discharge papers. Here are the highlights:

*Your surgeon has removed a portion of your disc.

*You may shower in 24 hours.

*You may return to office work in 7 -10 days.

*Do not bend down, lift or stoop for two weeks.

* You may participate in gentle sex (intercourse) upon discharge from hospital.

WTF? I mean, I did have surgery the day of my wedding anniversary, but I was barely coherent and in so much pain when I came home the hospital, about two hours after they cut me open. I had freakin' spine surgery, not an ingrown toenail removal.

All things considered, though, I suppose it would be worse to say I could return to work right away but had to wait 7-10 days to resume my "wifely duties."

Stop by and show some love to WhyMommy, she just had surgery, too.

5 comments:

Carrie said...

lol. guess they got tired of answering that question. personally, i always thought the pelvic rest prescribed after childbirth was too short, too. then again, well, childbirth did not go easy on that part of me.

Carrie said...

lol. guess they got tired of answering that question. personally, i always thought the pelvic rest prescribed after childbirth was too short, too. then again, well, childbirth did not go easy on that part of me.

Cindy Fey said...

I'm glad you're feeling better and the surgery was a success. And I'm cracking up over that "gentle sex (intercourse)" line. They had to translate the word sex?

Kim Moldofsky said...

Carrie- I hear you!

Cindy- I think they should revise the instructions to read, "Please limit bumping and grinding to grinding only during the week after surgery."

Karen said...

lol. I'm so behind on my blog reading that I didn't even know you had surgery. I hope you have a speedy and pain free recovery. . .I hear sex (even gentle) is a good pain reliever. . .

Maybe given Bill Clinton's waffling definition for sex, the hospital felt the need to clarify the situation. . .

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