I think everyone understand the fear and varied emotions that you have once you know that surgery is the answer.
Ok, but now, what are your fears after surgery?
- Will it be successful?
- How much of my prior life/activities will I be able to resume
- Will this surgery impact me later on in life
In all of my surgeries, I had different fears, and I am glad that I have been able to deal with all of that.
My mind might work in strange ways, but when I was going for surgery (Lumbar) all I wanted to make sure was that I could
wiggle my toes! In the recovery room, I remember each time, just making sure I could wiggle and feel my toes. That to me was a sign of a successful surgery. The next fear I had after lumbar surgery was being able to urinate. After my first lumbar surgery, I had problems, the nurses and doctors tried all sorts of measures. They figured if they turned the water on that would help, all it did was make the doctor leave because he needed to urinate.
It was a couple of days doing this, nothing working, finally they catheterized me which gave me Instant relief.
But I always had that in my mind when I went in for Lumbar surgery.
For my cervical surgeries, I had a different fear. Ok, with lumbar surgery if the doctor made a major mistake, the worst would be I was paralyzed from the waist down. But with cervical, I figured if there was a screwup, I could be paralyzed from the neck down!
Needless to say I am here alive and kicking, perhaps kicking at a slower pace then I use to.
Honestly, the way I was thinking, I never looked at the recovery period or long term impacts, I figured those were easy to deal with.
I would love to hear from others
Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences