| | Cervical Prodisc-C OUTPATIENT-Nervous
My wife is scheduled for a Prodisc-C implant at the C5-C6 level as Outpatient surgery on May 21, 2009. She has no other known spinal problems. The surgery will be done at Florida Hospital Celebration by Dr. Zahrawi. The disc is pretty much shredded, and the only other choice is fusion. The procedure will be done from the front, moving the esopagus and trachea to the side. Apparently a common side effect of this is difficulty in swallowing. The surgery will be done on a Thursday, so I don't have to deal with an on-call doctor the day after the surgery. I would like anyone's input, particularly first hand experience with the following:
1) Dr. Zahrawi himself professionally. I am pretty comfortable with the hospital itself, but any comments there would help.
2) The Prodisc-C device, good or bad
3) Was your sugery scheduled as outpatient? Was pain control stabilized if you were actually released on the same day? Are you able to swallow pills?
4) If scheduled as outpatient, were you actually admitted in the end? I am very nervous about essentially being forced to be a post-op nurse that soon after what seems to me to be a fairly complicated surgery.
5) What was your recovery like? I plan on being home with her for 5 days. Is that long enough?
6) Anyone's long term experience with this device.
I am more nervous about the outpatient aspect of this than anything else right now. It just seems injudicious to release a patient before they are really stable, and I don't see how they can stabilize the pain meds in that amount of time, especially if she is having problems swallowing. I am sure that this is being rammed down the doctor's throat by the insurance company. I am very knowledgable about medical lingo and procedures and I plan on sticking real close while she is in recovery and if anything isn't pretty much perfect I will raise hell with the hospital until they admit her.
These boards have gotten me good information that has helped me avoid the land mines associated with several medical problems in the past few years. Any relevant input would be greatly appreciated.
Last edited by humanriff; 04-24-2009 at 10:30 PM.
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