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Surgery Scheduled for October 22nd

Christina69CChristina69 Posts: 534
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:36 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
So I finally stopped being a weeny and scheduled the surgery. Theyre gonna check the bone growth to see if its strong enough, if it is, theyre gonna remove the hardware to see if thats what causing the pain. If it isnt, theyre gonna redo the fusion using bigger screws.
Here we go again. Its been 15 months since my L5-S1 fusion. I'm weird about this next surgery. The first time I didnt know what it was gonna be like after surgery. This time I KNOW. MAJOR PAIN!!! Just the thought of it makes me sick to my stomach. All the problems I had with my breathing, the being unable to get out of bed, not able to toll myself over, shower myself, dress myself....using a walker...ugh.
I know Im venting but It just scares the hell outta me like I said.
If anyone has any info to share about revision surgeries please go ahead.



  • Instead of focusing on all the things you felt were insurmountable, focus on all the ways you found to work around things. Focus on how you were able to finally get yourself out of bed, use the bathroom, get a drink and do simple things for yourself. Focus on preparing your home for the healing time and try to find creative ways to do these same things. Make it a fun challenge for yourself before your surgery date. Stock that cabinets with the comfort foods you will crave and the foods that you will need to eat. Think about how you will want to modify your diet to stave off a clogged GI tract. Stuff like that makes preparing for another surgery, less intimidating. Brainstorm and see what you can come up with to make things easier on you and your family during the healing times.

    You will do great and be just fine.

  • Hi Christina, I wish I could give you words of encouragement but I'm afraid you're in for a life of spine issues. I will say, that I have "adjusted" to having chronic pain but also take some pretty strong meds daily.
    I am now 63, a retired Critical Care RN. I had my first Cervical fusion in 1987 at the age of 41, at the same time I had a "ruptured" lumbar disc but was able to avoid lumbar surgery at that time. In 1989 I had a "percutaneous discectomy" L5-6 (I have an extra lumbar vertebra). That helped until 1991 and then I had a "massive fragmented" disc which required "emergent" surgery. A month later, all the pain came back, so back to surgery I went for the removal of "free fragments". I developed numbness "saddle" type, urinary incontinence, rt leg numbness and the burning in my foot none of which have ever gone back to "normal". I also developed "excessive scar tissue with nerve entrapment" post op. In 1993 L4-5 ruptured, another surgery, in 1997, again, L4-5. In 1999 my cervical spine started acting up again, and at the same time L6-S1. So, now I've put it off until I can no longer stand the pain and restrictions, my neck being the worse. I'm scheduled for a "Anterior cervical fusion (2 levels) using the plastic disc, Peek (plate and screws-protein) and then wear a "bone stimulator" type brace.(November). The previous Cervical fusion I had, they used a "graft" from my iliac crest. I have no idea about the recovery time from this one but am worried. I have LOTS of anxiety that I will be in pain because of my tolerance of pain medications. I've been on MS contin since 1997, oxycodone for break through. It scares me to death. I just do NOT want to suffer.
    When all of my pain began the medical profession didn't recognise "chronic pain" and I was told to "learn to live with it". The surgeons said "there's nothing I can do for you". I was ready to take my own life when by chance I went to see a Rehab specialist in 1997,who said to me, "there is no reason for you having to live in pain"...GOD BLESS THIS MAN! He literally saved my life. I still see him on a monthly basis and he has kept me off the operating table until now, and it's just progressed that I can't put it off any longer.
    I have developed a "cyst" within my lower spine which is secondary to inflimation. I need two or three levels of fusion, plate,screws,rods, there but am dealing with the cervical area first. I also have T7-9 which are involved, but not as bad right now. It's never ending. Like Domino's, once one goes, they all seem to follow.
    I wish you luck. Keep me posted. Diana
  • Hi Christina

    I hope your revision surgery goes well this time. I know its scary and it's fine to let off steam. As hard as it is, do try and focus on getting through this huge challenge.

    All I can do is send you some >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D<


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
  • Hi Diana

    Sending you >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D< >:D< too and hope that your surgeries help with your pain.


    XLIF L2-4 20.8.15
    ALIF L4/5 2009
    Laminectomy/discectomy L4/5 2008
  • well now you have a plan and you are going forward. that in itself is a relief. no more big decision to make. just know we are all behind you and with you we hope for a good outcome. oct 22 is right around the corner...best to you....pete
  • Just checking in with you, I hope you are doing ok... let me know if you want to chat. I'll send you my e-mail if you lost it.

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