Well, had my Pre-Op exam, blood work, etc. yesterday, including the flexion and extension X-Rays. Tech was surprised that I could flex as far as I did -- I paid for it later in spasms. I have a little sinus thing going on, courtesy of my son, but NS office called and said it was no big deal. Called my PCP, and will likely see them today. I figure as long as NS doesn't see it as a roadblock, I would rather get it overwith. If I am going to be in pain and miserable, might as well really do it right!
Asked the surgeons nurse about the fusion --whether it was allograft or autograft. She said that they only use BMP now for most people, and I will have BMP. Researched it a little here, and it seems like there have been generally favorable results. There are a couple of articles out there that talk about increased throat swelling with BMP, although they are over a year old. Anybody experience this problem?
5 days to go. Still apprehensive, but generally better about things. I had quit smoking a few months ago, but picked up again when the pain/stress got too much. However, I have been back on the wagon since finding out about the surgery. No real problems either -- amazing what some external motivation will do for you.
Any input on the BMP thing, or anything else, would be appreciated!
When I had my surgery 2 1/2 years ago I was in a study on BMP and donor bone, prior to when it was in general use.
It does cause more swelling, and I had to go back to emergency room, because I couldn't swallow my meds. I could breathe okay, just couldn't swallow. They gave me some steroids and I was fine in a few hours. Well, not fine exactly...due to surgery...you know what I mean.
After that there were no ill effects.
I would suspect they will caution you on this. At the time I had it, they didn't know all of the effects. Some people don't have the extra swelling.
Stay off the smokes. I was a smoker too, so I know it's not easy, but it screws up the fusion.
Well, I am the one who had her surgery on Jan 10th, with a bad sinus infection. They (surgeon and anesthesiologist) told me it would be no problem. My sinus Dr. said to NOT do the surgery and wait. I ended up doing it and let me tell you......man....I got so sick from the sinuses (I am just NOW off of antibiotics for the sinuses TODAY), that I cannot tell you how horrible it was having the surgery on top of that infection. I ended up so bad that I had to take steroids 3 days after the surgery. My neck felt OK, but I was a disaster from the sinuses. If you infection is bad, I would wait. I would never do that again. I have chronic sinusitis, so maybe that is why I got so bad.
Thanks for the input. Not a bad sinus deal, just the usual mid-winter gift from my son. My PCP this afternoon said no worries with surgery, and gave me an anti-biotic and decongestant. At this point, I have everything geared up for the surgery in terms of work, family, and mental condition. Not sure I could ramp down and then ramp up again. ;-) My son is almost over his deal, so I should be good by Monday. If not, I will reassess, but for now it is full speed ahead! (Hopefully not into the iceberg . . )
I can TOTALLY relate to being ramped and wanting to get the thing overwith!! I was supposed to have my surgery originally on Dec. 21st, but then Denver had a HUGE blizzard and it got postponed till Jan. 10th. Then the sinus issue. I couldnt take waiting anymore. I had everything perfectly planned for that Dec. date. I couldnt face replanning AGAIN. Anyway, it all worked out in the end and I am doing well. Good Luck. I know you will do great and feel so much better soon!!!
I did not have 1 urge for a cigarette in the hospital........fighting the urges now but they are not real bad..........mostly I get busy doing or thinking about something else..........
Good Blessings on the 7th, I will say a prayer for you.......I am 9 days out with a 2 level, hardware, and used my own bone.......You will do fine , start buttering up your family, give them lots of support and it comes back 10 fold.......quilter
I had the bone marrow thing... yes my throat felt like the worst case of strep I ever had the first day only.. doc said I would feel so much better the second day and he was right (hard to admit it) also was on solid food by day 5-6 so be prepared for alot of jello and pudding !! YUK! also the hip hurts more than they say so ice ice ice baby! You won't feel it until like a week after which I thought was weird, but they said it was normal... now it only hurts in morning with first few steps more I walk better it gets during the day... bdancer