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13 week post-op check up

blazerblazer Posts: 785
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:44 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
hi ya'll.
seen neuro today. with new x-rays, he told me cant see fusion this early on x-rays, have to wait til i'm 6 months post-op an get a c.t.scan.
asked him about me laying down for x-rays and he said they should not have done that, these x-rays are suppose to be done standing up, so i'm hoping he makes a phone call but whatever now i know better.
told me i have to wear bone growth stimulator for 6 months (yippee).
he asked me how pain level was, and i told him up and down but averages around a 5, and that i can sit longer then i can stand, can only stand for 10 to 15 minutes then pain increases in back and i need my cane or something to lean on.
doctor asked me if i was gonna look for a different line of work, which i told him not if i dont have to. i'm 54 y/o and have 28 years as a local union truckdriver, i was gonna keep doing that if i can but that depends on how my back heals, so i'll see.
so doctor says then we have to take it slow and not rush healing, take 3 more weeks and come back, then he will start weaning me off the back brace before my muscles get to weak, and then start me slowly on p.t.
my neuro is a people doctor not a company, so i know he wont let work comp. start getting pushy.
i also told him my pain was usually worse in the morn. and he said my back is still inflammed and he was not gonna rush me. he told me i'm 3 months post-op so this is still early.
conclusion: looks like i'll be keeping ya'll company for a while longer lol

have a nice day and hope i didnt bore ya'll to much


  • Howdy Jim!!!

    Sounds like you and your surgeon are where he expects. Excellent news! Just keep in mind what you do everyday so you don't have a 'backslide'... :) I like your positive answer concerning your present career. The fat lady hasn't sung yet, so hang in there!! Support and congrats - *HUGZ*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • It sounds like your post op follow up went well, really well!

    Our abilities are very similiar Jim, it is much harder for me to stand, I'm only good for about 5-10 minutes.
    Sitting is longer and now I can drive 30-40 minutes without pain.

    I am still in a brace too, out of the orthosis brace into a softer one and the transition has not gone well. It sits right on my bone graph site, tonight I am in horrible pain. Hasn't been this bad in a long time.

    Do you know if your surgeon used BMP to your graph site? It seems to really help with fusion. You'll get there! :)

    I know, I for one am glad you are going to be sticking around! Me too!

    I noticed today as I got ready for work. I can now wake up, take a shower, get ready and go! Before my surgery, I had to shower at night, I was in too much pain in the mornings!

    So glad to hear all is going well! Take care!
  • I put my CD ROM of my MRI in to look at it and you would be amazed at the amount of soft tissue imflammation there is!

    I've always thought I had a tremendous amout of anterior swelling, but that posterior wasn't that bad! Boy can you see it in the MRI and it is significant!

    Really helps me to "see" when we have as much pain as we do! Holy Cow!

    This weekend I will be around a bunch of "IT nerds" and I will see if they can help me post one of the images that shows it!
  • yup guess i'll just keep on this pace and wait and see if i need to look for a different line of work.i know of people on both sides of the fence, so we will see what side of the fence i fall on.

    shari that standing long for me really sucks, and mine is still the hard brace, but my time will come.
    i remember neuro said he was gonna use something inside those little cages, but i dont recall what it was,something about helping the fusion.
    that was the purpose of the x-rays this time i believe to check the cages and screws and rods to make sure everything was in place.
    sounds nice to be able to get back into your old routine, feels good dont it.
    i glad also i'll be sticking around awhile also, but i'm gotten spoiled sleeping til 8 oclock in the morn.
    kinda hard to believe that the areas are still inflammed this long, but i guess that's part of the healing process.
    glad to hear your gonna be around awhile also

    take care and have a good nite.
  • Sounds good that you're appointment went okay. I hope the bone stimulator helps you build up some bone and fuse. I hope your pain level goes down soon and you heal completely so you can drive again eventually. Best wishes and prayers for you and your family and your daughter's healing. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN

  • Hi Jim,
    Sounds like your surgeon was pleased with how you are doing. :-)

    Before my x-rays, my surgeon told me he would be looking for signs of fusion. After x-rays, he said there wasn't any sign of fusion, but that it was too early. My spine specialist physiotherapist said that the average time for fusion to get underway was 3 to 6 months. No need to worry yet. :-)
    Interesting that your surgeon has suggested a bone stimulator. I don't know if they use them in the UK. Anyone here have one?
    I don't have to see my surgeon again until my 12 month anniversary. That means that I won't know if I am fusing or not. I guess I'll assume I am, unless I have any problems, in which case surgeon said to call him. My physio said that he is pretty sure I'll fuse ok, because I am doing so well. Let's hope so. :-)

    Hoping that your recovery continues well and that your pain levels diminish.

    I am going to be around for a while yet as my surgeon, GP and physio have all said that I won't be ready to return to my job in a school before the end of term at the end of July. That means I'll be returning to work in September. Sounds a very long way away! :jawdrop:
    I should make the most of the summer off. It sounds like a dream come true. Funny how we spineys can't wait to get back to work! :O

    Take care Jim
  • yup i'm hoping bone stimulator works for me also. i was thinking they must have some kind of sucess rate or the ins. co. would not have approved it seeing as ins. co. have doctors on retainer, so we'll see.
    my daughter is getting better every day, now she only has to wear eye patch when she goes to bed. and she can read bigger letters and numbers up to 3 feet away, so hoping over time she will get alot better.

    jelly sounds like we are being tol same thing, so wait for 6 months and get c.t. scan and hope for the best.
    if you have to wait that long to see your surgeon i was wondering if that is your doctors call or if thats all your ins. co. is allowing, might be worth checking on.
    well thats a good thing that you cant go to work yet, just relax and enjoy the summer, :))) all we can do is our best and let nature decide the rest on the healing part.
    take care and have a good day
  • That is great news! :D
    Has she had the pressure in her eye checked?
    I'm praying that it will be ok. :-)

    Not sure about why the surgeon said next appointment next March. It may be because he is only allowed so many follow ups on the insurance. He saw me 2 or 3 extra times early on, due to infection and checking the incision which wasn't closed properly, causing problems.

    This is the first time that we have used our private insurance, so not really sure how things are decided. We usually use the NHS.
    The paperwork this time using private has been amazing! They have made so many mistakes. They keep sending us bills, without any explanation, saying that it isn't covered.
    Hubby phones and it is a mistake! :-( It has happened so many times. When we get a letter, we think 'what is it this time'.
    This week we got a bill for £107, when we were expecting one for £66. Another phone call to sort out the mistake. Initially they got me mixed up with another patient.
    Do you have all this trouble with US medical insurance paperwork?

    Well Jim, keep healing (and your daughter too)
  • thank you.
    yup they checked the pressure in her eye and it's back to normal(thank god). i still dont exactly understand the eye pressure thing, but i guess you need it. doctor told me if the pressure didnt build up her eye could start schriveling. he said usually patients who get that have too much eye pressure, so her's was a little different.

    my injury is work comp. so i'm not getting any bills. surgery ctr. i went to did send mr a couple copies tho and i could'nt believe the amounts, (very high).
    my personnal insurance is thru the union company paid. blue cross/blue shield. i just pay $100 dollar yearly deductible, and ins. covers at least 90%, as long as the doctor is in our network.
    ins. co. is doing great in my opinion, in 11/04 when daughter 1st, hurt her eye she had 2 surgeries within 20 days of each other, and my ins. paid almost full amount immediately. but i'm sure that is not normal with everyone, i guess a lot depends on your adjuster also.
    pardon my ignorance but i dont understand EUROS, on how they compare to dollars :$ .
    i remember years back before my union switched to bc/bs dont recall the ins. co. we had but they were the same way as yours. always on the phone with them asking why they didnt pay bills and would finally get it resolved but it was a pain in the a**.
    over here we constantly hear how the ins.co. are dictating to the doctors what they can and cant do, it has gotten pathetic.
    thats why i was wondering if your ins.co. was telling doctor how many times he could see you, and what they consider excessive.
    so anyway have a nice day and enjoy.
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