Took my son to his post op appointment today. They xrayed him and took out his staples.
The PA said that his back looks great and that they are going to wait and see how he does and hope that they won't have to do the 2nd surgery!If he has no more pain they won't do it!
The xrays are amazing. He has a newly designed cage (with BMP)between the vertebrae that has 2 quite long screws that go up into the L5 and then the plate (quite large) has 2 screws that go into the S1. The PA said she could see some shadowing and so thinks he is starting to fuse...is that possible so quickly?
What a relief for him. Now he can relax and heal. I can't believe how good his incisions look after 2 weeks. The body is truely an amazing thing!!
After that we went to his PM doc. Such a nice man. Took us all (son, me & boys)into a small office with sofas and just casually talked about J's surgery and was genuinely pleased for him. He is keeping him on his same meds but gave him a lower dose so if he feels he doesn't need as much then he can take them (breakthru meds)instead. He will be trying to wean him off them over the next six months. I wish all chronic pain patients had a PM like him.
I feel we are truley blessed!