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    Old 04-05-2003, 04:35 PM   #1
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    Out of curosity, can you all tell me which side your ACDF incision is on? Mine is on the right. Are both sides used?
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    Old 04-05-2003, 04:58 PM   #2
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    Hi BDW2
    My incision is on the right. I read somewhere that some docs prefer the left approach in order to avoid laryngeal injury, but I didn't see any statistics to back this fact up.

     
    Old 04-05-2003, 07:34 PM   #3
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    hey sweetie

    mine is also on the right... inner stitches only, glued shut, no bandage - not ever

    looks good, no yuckiness... very swollen though, but it's subsiding gracefully

    sandra

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    Old 04-05-2003, 08:36 PM   #4
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    Hi BDW2,
    My incision is on the left side. No idea as to why.
    Was your initial damage effecting your right side; mine was left arm-left shoulder blade-etc...maybe that
    has something to do with it. But, hey, I am not DR. just a really grateful post-op gal.
    Nice to see your posts.
    Keep the faith.
    By the way, how is your voice situation; or lack thereof? My friends keep telling me that perhaps I should return to an old field of mine--radio broadcasting!! Hope your healing moments are increasing. Carry on.
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    Old 04-06-2003, 07:49 AM   #5
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    Good Morning all.
    My NS said she went in on the right hand side of my neck because she was right handed.She said that that was how its usually decided on what side to make the cut. JWIBT (just what Ive been told)HeHeHe Never seen that abreveation before

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    Old 04-06-2003, 08:29 AM   #6
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    I was told a similar story as Morgan. Different doctors have different preferences based upon instrumentation being used and playing to their dominant side. A friend of mine was having his second shoulder surgery surgery, this time on his left shoulder. I asked if he was using the same surgeon and he replied, "no, he was a right shoulder specialist."

    Oh, and my incision goes from the center out to the right.
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    Old 04-06-2003, 10:01 AM   #7
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    Hi,

    There are many sites with statistics that show why the preferred side is the LEFT side. More of the serious vessels and nerves are located on the right. And while it is "easier" for a righty doctor to use the right... it is better for the PATIENT to take a left sided approach. I will see if I can find the links.

    And... retro-laryngeal nerve damage is only of the possible complications.

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    Old 04-06-2003, 10:23 AM   #8
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    BDW

    Here is a passing reference on the subject from UCLA. There's good info here, but the second to last paragraph of the article mentions incision site.
    [url="http://www.neurosurgery.medsch.ucla.edu/Diagnoses/Spinal/SpinalDis_1.html"]http://www.neurosurgery.medsch.ucla.edu/Diagnoses/Spinal/SpinalDis_1.html[/url]



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    Old 04-06-2003, 10:25 AM   #9
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    Mine was left side too. Glued shut, which was awesome, nearly no scar but it was ugly healing as the glue shrunk, and was bloody, etc..
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    Old 04-06-2003, 10:49 AM   #10
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    I'm hoping for the left on my next one to give me a sense of aesthetic symmetry.

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    Old 04-06-2003, 11:24 AM   #11
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    Thanks for the reply's yall. Was hoping for just what you said about using both sides, but not about that Laryngeal nerve on my side. Voice is still nill, the more I try the worse it gets. Had a very sore throat yesterday from trying to talk to much. Also had to go back on some pain med, think I am stressing to much about my voice and tensing up everything. Oh well post op a week from Wed. Hopefully some improvement by then.
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    Old 04-07-2003, 09:36 AM   #12
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    Hi !...Mine is on the right side. I FINALLY looked at it yesterday ( husband been earning his keep and playing nursemaid..hehe) and I look like Ive been in a knife fight. I didnt realize it would be that long and middle of my neck. The strips thingys are still there and dry blood.My right side under my chinny chin chin is numb like its been novacained......I wont even go into what the pretty blue stiches that look like fishing line ( from the bone graft on the hip) look like........

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    Old 04-07-2003, 09:43 AM   #13
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    At the moment I have a right side scar. We'll see on Wednesday what I have then.
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    Old 04-07-2003, 10:43 AM   #14
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    Left side incision here.

    Funny this reminds of men and which side they wear their UM, you know!!

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    Old 04-07-2003, 04:05 PM   #15
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    I heard that.

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