Re: Shoreline I need you buddy
Hey dan, Lets cross our fingers for minimnal scarring. When they went back in to revise and lengthen the last fusion it took 3 hours just to get to my spine. A NS did the nerve and scar work and the OS did the actual fusion. Of course I got the same BS how everything was solid up untill the hadware started failing but tht normally takes a couple years. The hardware is tested and stessed to simimulate a lifetme of pounding. Are you wusing a bone growth stim. I have an external bone growth stim that cost about 3K [ REMOVED ] It's designed to use after fusion or to try to revitalize fusions that have failed that are more than 2 years old. Either way it's just one more thing that may improve the odds of success. Definitely hold back on smoking if you can, nicotine constricts blood flow down to the capilarry level and can worsen the odds of a sucesful fusion.
You do have guts and I understand the desperation and willingness to do anything to get your life back. As far as numbness, it's certainly better than than feeling like you foots on fire and hopefully as the swelling goes down a little more feeling will come back.
I didn't realize things were moving so fast but I guess fast is as good as anything, hopefully by the end of summer you will have some nice cool days to start rehabbing your back. It's just amazing how much strength and muscle mass you can loose in a short period of time. Whos managing our post op meds, he surgeon or your PM doc.
Hang in there and I do hope this provides all the relief you hoped for, but the numbness really isn't something to worry about this soon after surgery. They don't normally use anti inflamatories after surgery because they have shown to inhibit bone growth too, so it's just a matter of trying to stay comfy and not reinjuring yourself durng the first few months folowing surgery.
Insist on PT even f your surgeon doesn't believe in it, your GP or PM doc can order it. It's just something I have found to get you started back on the path, not that they will teach you anything new, but what the heck else to ya have to do why waiting and recovering from this kind of surgery. There is also specific PT for scar managamnet to prevent he myofacial layer from geting tacked down to the fascia.
Good luck and keep us posted.
Tak care and don't try to over do things in these early days of healing.
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