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Old 04-02-2013, 09:46 AM   #1
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Back surgery gone bad

My wife Melissa had c4 and c7 replaced and 5 and 6 fused March 19th. She came to in the recovery room paralysed from the neck down and feeling nothing either. As I sit here next to her in the ICU, she is on a ventilator with a tracheostomy, she has a stomach tube in for feeding and a picc line in for IV meds. She can only communicate with me by blinking for yes or no. I can't imagine what she must be thinking. I know I am going through living hell. Our 3 yr old son is with my family in florida wondering what is going on with his mommy. We signed up for a two hour surgery, a night in the hospital and a week in bed. As it stands she is now a c4 tetrapalligic. Please pray for her if you read this.

 
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Charlie, I am so sorry to hear this news. I will pray for her. Those were levels that I had done. It's taken me 10 years to reach about 70% of normal. I hope things change for the better soon.

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Old 04-02-2013, 02:58 PM   #3
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I am so sorry to hear your tragic story. Do you know what happened during surgery?

I will ask my friends to keep your family in their prayers.

 
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Sounds like an anesthesia issue.

Have you retained an attorney?

 
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Charlie, I am so sorry to hear what your wife is going through and how the surgery turned out so horribly. I will keep her, yourself and your son in my prayers. Please keep us posted on how she is doing.

 
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I am so sorry for the tragic surgical outcome. My heart goes out to you and your family.
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Old 04-02-2013, 09:14 PM   #7
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It was not an anaesthesia issue, the surgeon and another neurosurgeon said that it is spinal shock or trauma. The doctors are all saying that when the swelling goes down she will get better but I have a pretty good BS detector and I think it isn't going to be that simple. We are moving her to magee rehab in Philadelphia tomorrow or Thursday but that's if she meets their admissions criteria by then. Otherwise she will be going to an LTAC unit until she is ready. Has anyone heard of this happening to others? I got a nice letter from the hospital notifying me that an unanticipated event took place and they are required by law to notify the state and me. As far as an attorney the answer is not at present because my mind is elsewhere right now as you can imagine. There will be plenty of time for that in due course. Thanks for the support and please keep praying for us...

 
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Re: Back surgery gone bad

I've been very active on this board and others prior to this since 2008 and I have never heard of this happening.

Did I understand correctly that she had two discs replaced with artificial discs? And the C5 and C6 fused?

We will all pray that the surgeons are giving you their best professional opinion and that Melissa will regain function when the swelling goes down.

Was the surgery done in Philadelphia? It's a blessing that you have Magee Rehab. available to you.

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Will be praying for Melissa. If there is anything I can do to help, please don't hesitate to ask. Con not imagine what you are going through.

 
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I can't begin to imagine what you are going through...I will pray for you and your family.God bless you with his mercy....

 
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Charlie sorry to hear about Melissa I will keep her, your son and you in my prayers. Although, you thoughts are focused on your wife's recover. Did the hospital detail the unanticipated events? That term concerns me and you may need an advocate to help your wife and you through this to assure that all that can be done is being done while your focus is on your wife recovery. Another outside opinion may be in order also to confirm that it is just swelling and trauma and to assure that the right course of treatment is being administered. I truly want the best for your wife, being a mom myself, I can imagine how scary this must be for her and for you as well. Stay strong and have faith.

 
Old 04-03-2013, 06:32 PM   #12
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Thank you all for your kind words. I am passing them on to my wife. We are between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, magee is where we think she has the best chance at recovery. We were maybe taking her today but she has to be stable enough to go. This morning when they started to elevate her she went into bradiacardia and they had to give her atropine again. They said it's disreflexia that is causing it. Oh and yes, she had c4 and c7 replaced, 5 and 6 fused. Keep praying please...

 
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Words fail me, i am so sorry but God has never failed me. I had back surgeries when my son was 3. Once, my family needed a miracle, staying strong in faith, unwavering belief & we were blessed by Gods grace. My family will be sending up prayers for you all, please let me know if there is anything i can do. Her spinal cord is intact correct?

 
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Have you been able to move your wife to the rehab center? Have you seen any changes in her condition? You are in our prayers.

 
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Charlie-

When I had my ACDF done way back in 2002, it was my second back surgery (the first being a L3-4 laminectomy that was a miracle). When I woke up from the ACDF, I felt like I had been hit by a bus. I could barely talk, and had trouble moving. Even my arms hurt. I couldn't close my hands to make fists. I had to eat almost like a dog. The surgeon had pierced my lamina and they had to do a spinal tap to drain excess spinal fluid into a paint bucket. I had to lay in the ICU for 6 days until I could get better enough to go into an assisted living rehab unit here in NC. It took 4 days for stuff to begin to return. I was able to be released just in time to go to my father's funeral. I drove 700 miles to get there, and it hurt.

I had to go to regular rehab. It took years for a lot of stuff to return. I still have a problem getting up off the floor (lying prone) without having a couch to force my way up. Sitting down in a tub is hard, was well as getting out.

I'm hoping things start to look up for your wife. I was affected badly, but I was able to persevere. I still hold a full time job, but am careful about how I bend.

Still sending prayers your way.

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