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!