Thank you to all those who answered my questions about lumbar disc replacement. I am now 8 weeks post op and am thrilled with the results. I have gone from 20mg of morpine every 2 hrs to 2 paracetamol per day.
I had L4/5 and S1 discs replaced using Charite II prothesis' via an anterior approach.
The operation was less painful than a laparoscopy I had years ago, thanks to a morphine infusion for 24 hours then oral narcotic pain relief for 4 weeks. I was discharged 4 days post op, but was ready for home on day 3.
I have spent the last week gardening and packing up my house to move, not something I would have dreamed of previously.
Anyone contemplating this procedure should go for it, I am now looking forward to a new start and getting back to work.