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texascowgirlttexascowgirl Posts: 535
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:40 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
hello all-surgery on Thurs.--I am ok on that. On Dec. 15,I had my preop-my ecg was abnormal and the dr.said if I could get a previous one for him to compare that would be great.He said if I couldnt it was no big deal---so I just didnt call the primary care dr. He called the spine dr's office this morning,they called me to ask if I had gotten it----he didn't say a problem,he just asked.I faxed 2 different ones to him and left him a message I had sent them. All day I have had a meltdown thinking something was going to be wrong!If anything happens to put off this surgery i would go off the deep end!!!! I know he would have said something,but I am getting freaky----


  • No worries. Your doctor is doing his homework and research to ensure you are at your best (the irony) for the surgery. I think it's great that they followed up to ensure they got records to compare to. It means they are putting your overall health 1st and that should help you feel calm.

    Good luck. Keep us posted.
    I'll send positive vibes your ways! Spend the next few days relaxing, listening to calm music, getting yourself in a positive place. We are all here for you!
  • Try not to stress to much. When the test was done, there could have been a placement issue with the leads. I would think they will want some blood work and a repeat. Also if there is still a problem they can do a stress test which doesn't take much time at all. But if there is a problem it is good it came out. Keep us posted.
  • blood work was fine,he said not to worry,so of course I worry!thank you for the positive messages!
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    As I get closer to my surgery date (2/3/10) I keep freaking out thinking "what if" it has to be delayed for any reason? What will I do. It's that we prepare ourselves psychologically and then when anything else comes up it pushes off the edge just a bit. I was very worried in my EKG today but I was lucky that all was well.

    Does your surgeon have a medical assistant or nurse that you can leave a quick message with to ease your mind - have them get back to you to let you know all is okay
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • I know he would have let me know if he was concerned when I had it on Dec.15--he told me not to worry,women usually have abnormal ekgs---or rather it is not unusual-he just wanted one to compare---I started letting my mind spiral---
  • and the weather is really %^&* for Texas and I havent been getting out in the yard or on the patio......gray skies,gray skies,gray skies
  • I hope you won't mind if those of us "up north" are less than sympathetic on this one.... @)
  • teehee-don't mind a bit----just remember not to tell us how howt you are when it turns 85 next summer (love ya)
  • I heard you all had a white Christmas!

    I also had heart issues pre-op. AND my surgery was post-poned for 2 weeks! Not due to the heart stuff, just plain old re-scheduling do to some other emergency. I almost don't expect surgery on the 6th because of my NS's tendency to always be re-scheduling, whether it's apts or surgeries, it happens.

    It is very stressful - but hey, it just happens and there is not much you can do. The hardest thing to do is to relax and NOT stress LOL!
  • we did have a white Christmas,and it is snowing right now-the 3rd snowfall in December-which is unheardof in "these here parts"---we rarely get snow,much less 3 in one winter!It is pretty-we have been teasing our daughter and son-in-law who moved home from Wichita,Kansas. We are giving them a hard time about bringing the snow with them.----Saltz,my first spine surgeon was always late,and my appts were postponed alot. He was late for the 1st surgery of the day,which caused my surgery to be 3 hours late. I had them put me in a room so I could lie down until surgery time. POst surgery,my appt. was postponed up to 6 weeks between seeing him.I had a nurse following my recovery from my insurance.She called the dr.office and I had an appt. quick! MY point is-don't let him get away with that stuff
  • My surgeon is thankfully great with time keeping, but my microsdiscectomy was delayed a few hours because the hospital stuffed up and didn't send me for bloodwork before I was admitted. Just received my hospital pack today and sure enough there's no form for bloodwork. At least I have a some time to chase it up.

    About the worst I ever had for time keeping was the supposedly excellent lung specialist I took my eldest to when he was a tiny tot. The dr was FOUR hours late for the appointment and he missed the pneumonia that had us rushing to the ER that night!
  • wow,you would have to hold me back if it involved my child!
  • Needless to say we never went back to him
  • Women do not "normally" have abnormal EKG's. Sometimes the EKG's are intially read by the EKG machine itself. Sometimes machines make mistakes, and actual expert people need to read the EKG, and decide whether it is really abnormal. There are, however, many things that can cause an EKG to be abnormal, as simple as hypertension or as severe as cardiac disease. That is why it should be read by someone who knows your medical history, and is EXPERT in reading EKG's.

  • during my preop testing. So the week prior to my surgery, which was Dec 15th, I had to at my general practitioner...still abnormal. Showing signs of possible mild heart attack according to the GP...whattttt??? I was in tears and shock and worried not only about the impending back surgery but now heart disease. So I am sent to a cardiologist two days later. Got another ekg and was sent also for an echocaridiogram. Finally, on the Friday prior to the Tuesday surgery, I am cleared with a report showing only a mild conductive delay. It was monitored and i did just fine. Best wishes and i will be thinking about you.
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    So at my pre-op with PCP yesterday all this stuff was going through my mind. My EKG was find but the doc said "then we just run the blood for stuff like sugars, etc" and I get this thought "what if I'm diabetic and don't know it". I jumped to the thought right away. I guess this period from pre-op to op will be soooooooooooooo stressful. I'm sure I'm fine but they do freak you out.
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • Very few people, especially over 40, are completely healthy. Whether its blood pressure, diabetic, thyroid etc. These issues just need to be known before surgery, and hopefully optimized if they could be a problem in the peri-operative period. In anesthesia, we see all sorts of health issues, everyday!!!! And...we manage these patients just fine. It is the unknown problems, or the problems we discover 5 minutes before surgery that can be challenging.
  • What exactly is bloodwork?
    I assume it is some kind of blood tests.
    What are they testing for?
  • Thank you for the reasurance! I am almost 60,and generally overall I am very healthy---very active,not overweight,etc.But I do take thyroid med,and a low dose of blood pressure med. But I also take anxiety med,and have for along time.so of course I was nervous,anxious,etc-when I had the pre-op..too much time to THINK-----
  • Jellyhall the bloodwork my surgeon wanted was your basic full blood count, liver values etc, just to check that I wasn't anaemic etc
  • SpineAZSpineAZ WiscPosts: 1,084
    In the pre-op blood tests they are looking for blood sugar, anemia, infection (white blood cell count), ability to clot well (and not clot too much), platelets, liver enzymes for liver function, electrolytes, etc.

    Basically they want to make sure that you are healthy enough for the surgery. And even in some cases where they find something they can be prepared to help the patient through recovery (i.e. if the person has a tendency toward anemia).
    2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos 
  • I'm learning so much on here.


    Today is your surgery. Wishing you all the best.
    Hope it goes well and that you will be on the way to a full recovery very soon. I'll keep thinking of you and look forward to seeing you on here again letting us know how you get on.

    Try to stay calm.
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