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I'm getting nervous.....

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in New Member Introductions
Good Morning,
I am scheduled for ACDF surgery Monday morning,(Oct.19),on c-6/c-7 with hardware. I totally trust my neurosurgeon and am a pretty healthy 49 year old, but the closer it gets, the less I am sleeping, and the more the "what if's" are beginning to scare me. From everything I have read on here, there is no way to predict how anyone will react to the surgery or recovery, so I don't know what to expect. I do know that it has ben tremendously helpful to read about others who have been through this before! It is comforting to not feel alone!


  • Hi Sue...Good luck to you with your surgery...I can't comment on your procedure since I had a different one..I can comment and want to let you know I am in Maine also..would love to talk to ya. Again the best to you on Monday!!

  • Welcome to Spine-Health. Eve is right - the members here are great.

    I understand how nervous you are, everyone is, even if they've had surgery before.

    You might try calling your surgeon to see if they'll prescribe something for the anxiety leading up to surgery. My surgeon said it's quite common and they gave me some Xanax for the week before.

    Take care and please keep us posted.
  • hi and welcome to the forum! :H we are here to offer you support and answer what questions we can. good luck with a successful surgery and a complete recovery in every way. :D it sounds like you trust your surgeon and this is a big help. check out the "Back and Neck" surgery forum for some more input on your surgery. all the best! Jenny
  • I had surgery Oct. 13. Anterior Cervical discectomy with fusion at C7. I stayed in the hospital overnight. Since the surgery I've only taken one percocet, the first night, just to sleep. It hurts a little to swallow, and my chest hurts now and then, which is apparently a result of the postion the body is in during surgery. I had an epidural about a month before the surgery which worked for pain control but I was losing alot of triceps and finger extension function so surgery became necessary. My doctor doesn't use the cervical collar and I'm just being careful until my return visit and xrays next week. He will give me a bone stimulator then. I might add I had both a neurosurgeon and spinal orthopedic specialist as well as an MD who is a neuro-physiologist who monitors nerve function during the surgery, which is perfomed by 2 doctors. The anesthiologist administed the anesthesia and was there the whole time. So far, so good!
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