The surgery went well. The wound healed up really nicely and I haven't had any complications (e.g. CSF leak).
Surgical wound from my detethering (lysis of filum) surgery. Most people's wounds will be larger; my neurosurgeon specializes in doing this operation with a very small incision. Photo taken in December about one week post-op.
The harder question is how did the surgery help my symptoms, and will it halt the progression of syringomyelia.
The short answer is that it is too early to say. Week three of my recovery, I was feeling wonderful. I had such a reduction in pain that I was giddy. I was able to tolerate sitting in a recliner, which I couldn't before surgery (it would make my arms or legs go numb and cause pain). Kicking back in the chair felt really good (I usually stand up all day in front of a computer). Unfortunately, after sitting for an hour or two one day, I started getting leg symptoms again. Since then, I've gone back to feeling more like I did before surgery. My leg pain comes back occasionally (woke me up last night at 3am). My feet and calves feel numb much of the day. My thoracic spine and neck are a little tight. I have nerve pain in my arms sometimes.
It is expected that one's symptoms will ebb and flow after surgery. It just takes some time.
Mentally, it is really tough to be teased with the prospect of less pain and weakness, only to have it return again. I'm just trying to be positive and patient. Time will tell.
In the meanwhile I've been taking it easy and making a point to walk 2-3 miles a day. Walking felt really good last week, but this week it hurts some. So it goes.