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I'll have Neurophysiological Monitoring too

lstellerllsteller Posts: 1,428
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm relieved - I've been second-guessing my decision to have an orthopedic doc do my three-level fusion. He's been at the teaching hospital for over ten years, so I know he's good, but you keep reading about folks who swear you should have a neurosurgeon. Anyway, they sent me a message today that I will have the neurophysiology team in the surgery room with me. Pre-ops are tomorrow, surgery is next week. I'm still scared spitless, but I feel a bit better.

Linda

3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
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  • That's a very comforting bit of news. I hope things go well for you. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Yes, I could feel that relaxation in the shoulders as soon as I read the message. I think my shoulders are at least an inch more away from my ears than they were this morning! ;)) Looking forward to seeing what's in store for me at pre-op tomorrow.

    Linda

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • just keep thinking how wonderful life will be after it is all over, start planning your goals and keep positive thoughts.
    You literally are in good hands.
    all the best for next week.
    Blessings Sara O:)
  • Yes, I had my pre-op today and I can see that they are taking the best of care, planning for every possible outcome and taking very good care of me. I will have dowels (I think they mean those little metal bullet-type things full of cadaver bone) placed in the disc spaces and then they will fill around them with BMP and my own bone marrow (they drill in and scoop some out instead of taking part of the hip). I will have lots of folks watching (oh boy -- with my butt in the air!) 8> and I will have lots of monitors and assistants. They are thinking I won't need a brace. No bone growth stimulator. Apparently, their tests have found that the BMP and marrow mixture leads to good healing. Plus I'm a non-smoker and relatively healthy except for the crumbling spine! ;)) Still nervous, but I know in my rational mind that it's going to be just fine.

    Linda

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • Linda, remember the most important thing is that he is a spine specialist. Sounds like they are taking all the necessary precautions. It is just nerve wracking waiting and worrying about surgery. You will do fine and when it is over you will be so glad to be on the other side of it. Granted it is a long hard recovery, but you are just that much closer to starting a new improved life. Take care and keep us posted. >:D< Cali-Sue
  • It sounds like you will be in the best of hands. Wishing you much luck and an easy recovery!
  • I am not sure what the procedure is for the monitoring typically, but I was not told exactly what was done, beyond "Monitoring". The woman showed up and they pulled my TEDS down and started inserting small needles up and down my legs. Sort of like EMG needles. She put 16 needles in each leg taped them down and then pulled the TEDS back over them. She said she would put the rest in while I was asleep because the balance was a bit more painfull than the ones she did first. My blood pressure shot up when she showed up! Just wanted you to not be surprised.

    take care,
    shell
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