Lower Lumbar Stenosis Surgery for 76 yo with COPD
Wow, I am not feeling comfortable with the comments by people who are in more pain after their surgery. My dad has had back pain for years, complained to doctors who never tested and my dad never insisted. Well, now his is completely immobile, wears a diaper, cannot feed himself, and is 'hoisted' in and out of bed. He is in a living center where he was to get rehab for his extreme weakness. First thought was the cholesterol lowering drugs. PCP took him off as three doctors said the same thing. The neurologist said it right out loud in front of me, my sister, mother, and dad - "it rots your muscles!"
I had to write a letter to the PCP because he had not seen my dad in two days and the weekend was coming. I brought it to his office and told the desk 'he needs to get this by this afternoon.' That night the neurologist (Dr. O) came by to see my dad and talked to me. Test results over a week ago still not told to us - finally he told me that it was a tightening of the spine and that it was the lower three disks, talked of fusion, and taking part of my dad's hip? They need to do further tests to determine exactly what surgery would consist of, but first they have to get my dad's consent to surgery (he said 'yup' but I think he's going to change his mind), then they have to check him to make sure he could handle surgery.
The alternative is steriod shots in the area. The neurologist said it helps 1 in 10 patients. I just am afraid that we may risk his life with surgery and that he'll be in more pain after. He has no strength to do his therapy now. How is he going to handle it after?
If you open the door even a little bit - the devil will fling it open. Keep it closed with prayer.
Last edited by sawbuck44; 04-23-2007 at 08:36 AM.