Re: scoliosis - surgery?
It is quite understandable to be concerned about getting thru this next phase. I had to laugh when I read your statement about not being a wimp but your first surgery was rather unpleasant. I have had 3 lumbar surgeries (2 fusions) and a neck fusion, and I would describe all of them as way worse than unpleasant! First of all, if you had problems with the anesthetic, please discuss this with your anesthesiologist well in advance. Anesthesia time may be longer this time, and they probably will have another choice that won't make you "potty". Also, do all you can preop to prepare for what you will need postop. Arrange for help from family and friends, get groceries and a few meals in freezer, set up your spot where you will recover with everything you will need at arm's reach, etc. Anticipate the pillows, blankets, ice packs, dressings, and comfort items you will need and have them ready. If you feel in control, it will be less scary. Make sure you know what to expect postop and get your post op pain RX filled before surgery if possible. Take care of any constipation before surgery so it isn't a big issue afterward. Post op stool softeners are a good idea (OTC). You get the picture! Good luck, hope all goes well and you have as easy a recovery as possible.