After getting to hospital at 5am, only to find the Work Comp authorization had not come through....leading too a call to my surgeon who woke up his office person who I am certain now has a slightly larger you know what after some reamage..........I had my surgery yesterday at 7am. It was actually probably at 9am as the prep takes about two hours. Apparently my surgeon likes to do all the cleaning himself and is super meticulous.
Anyway, I got a two level at C4-5, C5-6 with anterior plate and interbody fusion using BMP.
It was supposed to be a 45minute surgery but ended up being 1-1/2 hrs. I still have to talk with my surgeon...this is by way of my wife and I know she has the info right I just need to get the full skinny, but apparently my spinal cord had pushed through my tendons back there and a piece of my disc had broken off and was pressing pretty good into my spinal cord.Trust me, I think of my surgeon VERY highly, a genius in fact....the man is Harvard trained and has written papers on spine surgery and is involved with a very fine group of spine and neurosurgeons in Los Angeles. Well he told my wife it was a "very difficult surgery". He never said that after my ALIF and PLIF at L4/5 which was more like "piece of cake"! So if he said it was very difficult....I am dying to know what went on.
Anyway, I went for walks around the ward, 4 nice long laps at St Johns Health Center in Santa Monica, a little after dinner. I ate a full lunch as well. No collar, my surgeon does not believe in them.
When I went on my first walk, an RN from a different section saw I had had a cervical fusion and said "what no collar, who is your surgeon?" I told her and she said" oh yes, his patients hardly ever get a collar, he is so good and not many surgeons can do this"
Everyone was marveling that I was doing so well, in fact they asked me to get back in bed today. I got up at 4:30 and did 5 laps and then sat in my room on a regular chair.....night nurse, who was absolutely splendid came in and said "back into bed, you have been up for over 3 hours, don't overdo it". LOL!!!
Anyway, very difficult swallowing is the worst part. I asked the anesthesiologist to be careful putting the airpipe in and told him I am a singer, so I am sure this helped. I am a tiny bit hoarse....I will see if that get's worse. The big vertebra right at the base of my neck, I guess where the thoracic starts, hurts like a beeyotch....well relatively....I mean so far the incision does not hurt. Maybe it is the way they positioned my head.
I had a long wait to get pain medication....about 3 hours. Apparently I stopped breathing a bunch of times after they administered the first shot of Dilaudid when I got to recovery. So when I woke up they would not give me anything.....things were excrutiating for a while. After I stabilized they gave me a total of 5 more Dilaudid shots in my arm and alternating with Norco 10/325....between the two I made it okay.Today after my morning shot I only got 2 Norco's before I was discharged. Man that Dilaudid burns as it is injected into the muscle!!!
I had to go on insulin as the Prednizone shot my blood sugar way up but I was able to get off it and not have to go on a sliding scale insulin injection at home. I would not like to do that.
I was discharged today at 11am and am at home again. The biggest relief was getting the drip setup out of my hand. I hate and fear those things. Eeeeugh!!!! So nice to be home.
Anyway, that is how it went for me.
Touch wood, the numbness and tingling in my hands feels waaaaaaaaay less than it was pre-surgery and I was not waking up with anywhere near the same level. That was really exciting. So too soon to tell, I will wait and see but I am certain it will be great.
Just figured to let you guys know.