My replacement was scheduled for 7am but I didn't get into the operating room until about 7:45. They gave me a spinal to to numb the lower half of my body and through my veins gave me a cocktail that included the same medicine that killed Michael Jackson. They said that they were talking to me a bit during the surgery but I have no memory. Thank god.
The surgery lasted just under 2 hours and the doctor said things went really well although I was in no shape to talk to him. The entry was from the side (not anterior-lateral) and the incision was about 6".
I want to keep this short as I am in more pain than I expected, or at least hoping for and have some minor (hopefully) complications. First the wound bled out and left a 2 foot stain on the sheets. They changed the sheets (very painful) and dressed the wound. Thank god for the PCA morphine pump. That was about 4 hours ago and the new bandage is completely dry as are the sheets. Very good. My main concern is have a fever that has been going up the past 3 or 4 hours to 102.4. However I am sweating pretty good now which is a great sign.
Tomorrow they will get me out of the bed to start some physical therapy which I am looking forward to. Right now the catheter is my best friend.