Hey everyone. I followed the many posts of advice yesterday and called the surgeon who saw me today. there were 6 post op patient's ahead of me...be he asked his assistant if I was there yet.
its hard to imagine that a doctor who does so many surgeries could remember one but he did...remembered our conversation Sunday morning and all of that. He did in fact call the emergency room for his interns to be expecting me and not to make me wait. I love him for that alone....I could have sat there for hours!
In any case, the CAT scan shows all the bones and hardware are in place. The slight curve of c5/6 is due to muscle spasms. He says there is a contusion near the surgical site and there is some bleeding into the vertebral tissue which will resolve on its own. I'm to return in 2 weeks. I also have swelling at the surgical site on my throat which is why I can't really swallow very well.
He was great, gave me peace...more so because he remembered every detail of my case. He had just walked in...still has his morning coffee in his hand. Then he tells me that if there are any new symptoms, if I am afraid or have new pain that he is available by phone 24/7. How much more assurance do I need.
Oh....the only thing is.....2 more weeks of EXTREME REST. Like seriously...could it get any more restful???? Oh and no more percocet. He said go back to Vicoden. Percocet is too strong. If I sleep all day the muscles in my neck will not strengthen on their own and will extend the amount of time I'll need PT.
OK...I'm a married woman...very happily for 23 years but I think I love my dr! Just kidding. He really is great and we should all be so confident with our surgeons.
Thank you all for your previous posts, concerns and advice. They were all well taken. Oh....AND STILL NO COLLAR! He said the cage plus the titanium plate are enough shock absorbers and stability I need. I'm glad he exlains it all now. I feel better (emotionally). I'm still hurting 'cuz I didn't take any pain meds in case I had to take a cab home. You never want to fall asleep in a NYC taxicab!