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feeling better about surgery, more info

ileneiilene Posts: 140
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I had pre surgical testing today and realized I had more questions I needed to ask surgeon, so called and he called me back tonight, and I feel more at ease now.

I asked him if he thought I would need anyone to stay with me first night, he told me NO, that I will either be going to ICU or step down where the nurses have a max of 3 pts. I also heard during pre surgical testing that my surgeon doesn't like to use a pain pump which I didn't know, but after speaking to him he said it is there if I want it, but that he finds when people have it they are less likely to move around, and he wants me to move...so he said see how I feel, but if I feel more secure having it, I will have it.

At my first apt. with him another pt in the office was an orthopedic surgeon who told me he went for several opinions and chose him. The nurse who I was dealing with today also told me how many Doctors use him for their own surgeries. This was after I mentioed my friends son is a medical student at the school associated with this hospital and how he told me the students, interns and nurses really don't like him. She smiled, and said he wants things his own way. He has always seemed nice to me and I don't care if he wants the the way he wants it with the staff....as long as I'm on this side, it's fine with me. When I worked I came across many doctors like this.

So, all in all I hope to calm down, tomorrow when I see my PC I will ask for xanax for sure....my nerves are shot...




  • Looks as though you done some research into the surgeon. That makes me so happy as many don't. Typically the doctors who aren't liked by the staff make them work more. This is a very positive thing. Not to mention sounds as though he demands this. I seen your other post and yes i used the soap as well. checking for the MRSA is a good idea, many don't so sounds like he is being very careful. Good to hear that he returned your call tonight as well. In place of the pain pump, in my experience you will be more in the need of muscle relaxers. The spasms can be hard. I may have read and don't remember when is your surgery and what levels. What type of bone will you be using yours or cadaver or something else for the fusion. I assume you are using the anterior approach. Keep us posted and soon you will have this behind you and be on the recovery road. Take care.
  • Ilene, I'm glad you're feeling more comfortable. Having faith and confidence in your surgeon is so important.

    I had a dilauded pain pump, but I didn't have to worry about not getting up very much. During the night after my surgery, I had to go to the bathroom about every 45 minutes. It was quite annoying, as I had to call a nurse to escort me every time and I had to make sure I didn't miss the cup in the toilet that measures my out-go.

    I'm with Tam - I don't remember when your surgery is or what levels, so please remind us.

  • Asking questions is always important and makes you know what you need to know from your physician.

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