Published Dec 18, 2004
Have any of you experienced OR nurses had to have back surgery & gone back to the OR? I tried the LESI injection which only intensified my symptoms. I just had L4-5 microdiscectomy 11 days ago for large right paramedian intervertebral disc herniation with spinal stenosis & cord compression & am kind of worried about how well I will be able to function in the OR after having this done. I also have some mild disc bulging at L1-2, along with degenerative disc change... I was quoted a success rate of 85%, but with as grueling as the OR can sometimes be, I was curious about any other OR nurses who have gone through this. I am awaiting my post-op check & will then find out how much therapy. I'm very nervous, since I haven't been at my hospital for a year full-time, & not eligible for FMLA, soooo, my job in the OR is not guaranteed & I haven't received a call from my boss or any co-workers asking how I am feeling or anything... Technically, I am still on orientation, so that in itself kind of screws me right there, I think. I have made several calls to my boss to try to feel the boss out to see what my chances are for keeping my position, but haven't heard back....
Since surgery, I am unable to make it through a day without taking any pain meds, or valium for my spasms, although they have eased, somewhat & the feeling in my foot has been coming back gradually.
My surgeon has been awesome & blatantly honest about depending on how well I do with therapy, he is unsure how well I will be able to function in the OR & in his words "I am making you take your time & REFUSE to rush you back to work to further injure yourself." I just turned 34, last month, so this also scares me for my future in any kind of nursing job, requiring hands on patient care.
I know I am being a little impatient, but just looking for others who have had personal experience, good OR bad, with similar cirmcumstances.
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