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Old 01-28-2005, 09:47 PM   #1
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Hey guys,
I got a call from the neurosurgeon, they had a cancellation and got me in this morning, he went over everything and came to the same conclusion, he also said I have one of the best spine specialist in 100 miles!
So the surgery is still going to be Wednesday Feb 2nd at 7:30am, I am his first patient still.
My Grandson's birthday party will be the end of the month, and the surgeon couldn't get me in after the party, so I agreed to go ahead with Wednesday.
He's doing the Minimumly Invasive TLIF & Posterior Lumbar Fusion (one level).
I talked to his Nurse Tammy (who will be there) and she said his patients are up and walking that night on their own (but don't have to). Just like the one guy who went home the next morning. The way he does the surgery doesn't cause any damage to nerves, and since the Neuosurgeon told me that, I feel alot more comfortable about it.
But it is still a minimum 3 hour surgery and 3-5 days in the hospital.
I don't have anyone to let you know how I am doing, so after Tuesday night, I will have to write when I get home.

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Old 01-28-2005, 10:52 PM   #2
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Re: Surgery is Wednesday, Feb 2nd

I am soooo very sorry you have had to go through all this indecision. But at least you got a second opinion, which should make you feel better. I guess this means your step-daughter won't be able to come in to help. That's a shame, but I know you will do just fine. You seem to be a strong lady that can handle whatever is thrown at you.

I will keep you in my prayers.

Old 01-29-2005, 02:37 PM   #3
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Re: Surgery is Wednesday, Feb 2nd

I'm glad that you seem to feel confident in this decision! I wish you all the luck in the world with your surgery, and please know you'll be in my prayers. I know that everything will go well for you. Please update us as soon as you feel up to it!


Old 01-29-2005, 03:12 PM   #4
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Thank You and yes I will. As soon as I can get on the computer I will let everyone know when I am home and how everything went.
I am no longer scared of anything, it's weird but I am really excited I think because I know I will be out of pain soon, I will do everything they tell me and not do anything to mess up this surgery.
Any last minute suggestions????
I would like to ask [U]ONE[/U] question "When I wake up in recovery, what can I expect? Immediate pain or will my back be pretty numb?"
Thank You,

Old 01-29-2005, 03:38 PM   #5
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Re: Surgery is Wednesday, Feb 2nd

well stardust ans you know i just had this surgery done on about 9 days ago and i was just as scared and nurvous as you are , i am glad that you got the econd option as for me i got three and they all said the same thing, so i had it done, and let me tell you this.. Pain free is awsome. like i got a new life. I am just a little sore from the surgery but other then that no problems. I was only in the hospital 3 days and then home. I walk about 1/2 mile a day on the tredmill and take only 2 oxycontins per day now. So i know you are making the right choice. When i woke up in recovery the first thing i thought of was" wheres all the pain " "i can feel my leg again " My surgen looked me in the eyes and said" i left all the pain in the or, do you wnat me to put it back" we both laughted and i cried because after alll everything i have been thru all the pain was gone. 3Hours after surgery i got up and walked/
You will be in my prayers.Good luck.god speed....

Old 01-29-2005, 03:47 PM   #6
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Re: Surgery is Wednesday, Feb 2nd

I was in pain for 4 years before I had a L4 L5 fusion three years ago this Feb 4th. I felt better as soon as I woke up after surgery. I could tell my problem was fixed. Though sore I was up walking the next day but very carefully and plenty of meds. Just take it easy and don't try and get back to normal too quickly. I wore a back brace and bone growth stimulator for nine or tem month after sugery. I wore it under my shirts. I also rented a hospital bed and had it put in the living room for my recovery. I moved to it during the day which allowed me to be with my wife and kids instead of stuck in my bed room. About 85% of the time I can't tell I ever had back problems. I had to learn and say NO to anyone that needs help moving. It is not worth the risk. Don't rush things and take it easy. Get off meds as as you can after surgery. Exersise & Walk. You will be fine.

Old 01-29-2005, 03:57 PM   #7
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I hope that everything goes well for you, and will keep you in my prayers. My surgery is Feb.28th and I am excited too, I am so ready for this pain to end. Good Luck

Old 01-29-2005, 04:29 PM   #8
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I'm glad your more confident now and are sure your making the right decision. I go in the day before and I'm sure we can share our success stories after it's over.


Old 01-29-2005, 05:36 PM   #9
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Re: Surgery is Wednesday, Feb 2nd

I will be looking forward to sharing our success stories!
I can't wait to be pain free and off all drugs!!

Old 01-29-2005, 08:22 PM   #10
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Re: Surgery is Wednesday, Feb 2nd

Good luck Stardust. I just wanted to let you know that I will be thinking of you and praying for you. Take care and let us know how you are doing. Best of luck. Kristy.

Old 01-30-2005, 06:28 AM   #11
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Re: Surgery is Wednesday, Feb 2nd

Sending warm thoughts your way... wishing you a speedy recovery!
Keep us posted!

Old 01-30-2005, 11:42 AM   #12
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Re: Surgery is Wednesday, Feb 2nd

Things to expect ( maybe)

First off sore throat hard to talk ( have losengers) and popcycles when you get home

2nd you voice and throat may be sore longer then what the surgon initaly said, be prepared for that

3rd soft foods, when trying to chew it will be hard and you may "dribble a bit"

4th Nasua ( if you throw up at the hospital in the evening ) as for anti nasua stuff they have some great stuff that clears it up right away, you generaly do not need it once the first round of throw ups come

5th have stool softeners the first bm may hurt real bad ( expect that )

6th you may have low grade fever no energy and siting, laying down may be very uncomfortable

first month i spent time in the recliner and hobbled to and from the bathroom and walked around the house and yard

do not try and lift anything more then 5 pounds at first
simple things may seem real hard at first, from ti ing shoes, to getting a glass out of the cubbard to reaching for plates

hopefuly you stocked up on straws, paper plates paper products and soft type foods

Please remember to take pain meds. Some folks stop taking pain meds right away then complain that it hurts , geeee daaaa

imgine if it were a 360 degree break healing takes time, so TAKE YOUR MEDS

if meds aren't working call in for more or a change of scripts

last go easy on yourself, all the stuff that needs to be done can be done latter on, do not be in a rush to get anything done, and most of all take care of yourself......................

Things that surprised me ( not being albe to wash my hair ), not being albe to shave my legs, ti ing my shoes, picking up easily things i dropped.........

there are other things you can do now, listen to radio, watch vidoes, tape books, music

one moment at a time........... and remember you are in our good thoughts and prayers..............................

Old 01-30-2005, 12:04 PM   #13
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Re: Surgery is Wednesday, Feb 2nd

Good luck to you. I hope it all works out.

Old 01-30-2005, 12:21 PM   #14
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Re: Surgery is Wednesday, Feb 2nd

Hi Zoey ,
Ok, I am guessing the sore throat thing is from being intubated right? I had a 5 1/2 hour hysterectomy and they had to give me chloraseptic spray (the whole bottle).

The surgeon said I would be able to wash my own hair, bathe with a shower chair and walk enough to get around before he releases me. (his wishful thinking?)

Why the drooling and soft foods?

Stool softeners are ok for 1-2 days but thats all, without a gallbladder I get diahrea very easy. Also have had a rectocele and cystocele repair in the past, so I know what you mean about bm being painful, I never thought about that with the back surgery though.

Nausea, ok- Fever,ok- vomiting, I understand that (from anesthesia right?)

I had a feeling about the being uncomfortable part, it just occurred to me this morning that, that would be the case, am not sure how it will feel laying on my spine after the surgery.
I can't get comfortable now, It will probably be worse then.

With my painc disorder I always ask for the nasal oxygen to help with the breathing and keep me calm, I am going to let him know about that Tuesday morning when I tell him my regular meds he will need to order.

Why difficulty chewing? & voice problems?

First month I plan on being lazy, except he has my post-op 2 weeks after the surgery.

I am getting grabbers, have straws and paper plates, ect and will make sure I don't run out of pain meds.

I am buying slip on shoes and t-shirts for under the brace to take with me to the hospital, and hubby knows about the trash bag on the van seat, so I can turn easier to get out of it. And I am taking my walkman with me as well.

What kind of surgery did you have? Mine is a TLIF & Posterior Lumbar Fusion (one level) S1 & L5, however the L4 is leaking a small amount of fluid in the spinal column and I have a feeling when I wake up he is going to tell me he had to fuse that one as well, It never stops it's painful achyness, EVER. Even though he is not planning on touching that and doing a "wait & see".

Old 01-30-2005, 02:55 PM   #15
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Re: Surgery is Wednesday, Feb 2nd

You asked what might you expect after surgery, that is different from person to person, i made a list of things that surprised me and wish i had known before hand.........

For some reason it took me about 4 weeks to get over the tube thingy with voice bout 4 weeks voice was better so was throat.....

i still have trouble 8 months post op lifting my arms to wash hair so i have help with that .......

June 1 i had a double level fusion C4-C7 ....................and still having problems but since then we found out about as ( chronic spine imflamation) which is being treated with artihus meds/ anti inflmatories and pain meds......
i am proud of you for the research you have done the getting prepared as best as you are able and having an idea what to expect makes it not seem so scary . As time goes on through healing process there are certain things you can expect ( again different for each one but some things fall into familar catagory)..................

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