I almost had a heart attack when I walked in. There was a man with a big hard collar on sitting with his wife. He did leave with the collar off which was nice to see. The wife told me he fell and had cervical and lower back surgery. The poor thing.
Then another guy is sitting there with his head tilted down. He told me he had surgery last year and has a clicking sound in his neck when he lifts his head. He also can't lift his head. Then the kids mother tells me he's doing much better! I was like are you kidding me??? Anyway, this kid broke his neck and had to have emergency surgery so I calm down a little.
I'm called in with my husband and the doctor is like OK you have surgery in about a week. I'm like yes and I have numbness now on my left side and I want to know what you're exactly going to do. I ask if I'm going to wear a hard collar, and he says NO. So that's good, I guess? He said I won't need one. I told him I'm a nervous wreck and he said I have nothing to worry about. His is doing the C4C5 and C5C6 and that it will take about an hour and half and I'll feel better in a few days. I am told by all that he's an ex cellent surgeon but I'm still scared. He is also putting a new plastic piece out instead of bone to fuse my spine with plates and screws to follow. Has anyone had this kind of fusion??? He told me I'll have a mild sore throat and to calm down because it's not that bad. I have had two surgeries in the last year. Carpal Tunnel and a lumpectopmy. I'm just hoping this is a huge success because I'm tired of being so limited around the house and work due to pain and constantly trying to recover. Any input is welcome!
I was glad that the older gentlemen was able to take the hard collar off and he also seemed happy and they were really a sweet couple but to see that before surgery just had me jumping in my seat and then the kid with a broken neck that clicks now and can not raise his head. Man I am going to need a sedative before I go in next week. Please let me know if you have had this done and how your own recovery was, I am hoping not too bad. I can take pain but I am really eager to feel better and live again.