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Old 01-24-2005, 01:16 PM   #1
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Question Surgery Scheduled

I have my surgery scheduled for Feb. 28, I told the nurse that I wanted to wait until after my birthday on the 14th, so the 28th was the next available date. The doctor is going to fuse two disc , L3 and L4 and put a rod and screws and a metal cage. Anybody had this done? Any advice. He said that it would be a 4 to 5 hour surgery and about 4 days in the hospital. Any problem going thru airport security?

 
Old 01-24-2005, 02:02 PM   #2
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Re: Surgery Scheduled

I want to wish you the best with your upcoming surgery. I am recovering from a two level fusion and am one month post op and doing well (more like five or six weeks). Are you planning on traveling soon? Be sure to talk to your dr about that-even at one month an airplane trip wouldn't be the best or best feeling thing in the world. I was told they use titanium now in us and that shouldn't tip off the metal detectors. If you end up with a bone growth stimulator, you get a special card for travel.
So, this is fast approaching! I am sure you will do great.

 
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Old 01-24-2005, 02:15 PM   #3
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Re: Surgery Scheduled

hi,
i just had a one level fusion on thursday jan 20th , on L5-S1, No problems,I was in the hospital for three days. they took the disk out and replaced it with a spacer to restore disk height , and two titanium cages and sponges , with a materal called (infuse ) BMP, only have 2 screws and 1 rod. I was up and walking that night of surgery, So just do waht they say and you will be better in the end. Good luck.

 
Old 01-24-2005, 03:43 PM   #4
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Thanks for responding, I think I will do good, and I plan on doing as I am told, I am so tired of this pain and not being able to do anything, shopping is impossible, even sitting in church is painful. Don't plan on traveling anytime soon, was just wondering if the screws and cage would cause the alarms to go off when I do travel.

 
Old 01-24-2005, 03:43 PM   #5
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Thanks for responding, I think I will do good, and I plan on doing as I am told, I am so tired of this pain and not being able to do anything, shopping is impossible, even sitting in church is painful. Don't plan on traveling anytime soon, was just wondering if the screws and cage would cause the alarms to go off when I do travel.

 
Old 01-24-2005, 04:22 PM   #6
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Re: Surgery Scheduled

The alarms should not go off
I have no set off any and my friend had the 360 in the Nov and just went all over Europe and never set off one. You will do great. Good luck
Ask any questions. We are all here for you.
shelley

 
Old 01-24-2005, 05:07 PM   #7
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Re: Surgery Scheduled

Best of luck with your surgery! I had a 2 level fusioon on Jan. 5, and so far it's the best thing I ever did. If you have any questions, I'll be glad to answer whatever I can for you!

Jessie

 
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