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Pre-op day yesterday...

VinGVVinG Posts: 56
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
It was a long day. Spine class, 3 doctors (ENT, internest, Ortho), nurses, blood/urine, EKG, etc.... My wife mentioned to the internest an item that was on a CT scan from a few years ago when I had kidney stones. Apparently I have a small amount of scarring on my lungs, possibly from all the anesthesia I had when I was little (when they used gas) and had over 20 surgeries. So, I have to go back on Tuesday for a pulmonary function test.

ENT surgeon said he will be there to do incision and move everything out of the way. Because I'm having c3-4, and c5-6-7, he will be making a 3-4 inch "S" shaped cut. Also, since I have a short, thick neck c3-4 might be difficult to get to, but they will do their best. He also said I will definately be intubated overnight, and not to plan on eating solids for 4 weeks.

- Vin

3 level ACDF, c3/4, c5/6/7 in May 2012


  • we will be thinking about you when surgery arrives! Focus on why you are doing it. Out of necessity, to get better. My surgery, double fusion C5-C7 is tomorrow, and i am freakin out a bit, but trying to think ahead, towards recovery and hopefully to getting a lot better.

    Im surprised how all people seem to have extensive pre ops! Mine was blood work and a urine test, and blood pressure. Thats it. No EKG, no neck brace fitting, no spine class or other tests. Did i miss something?
    My surgeon has told me i need to have a mami j collar for about 2 weeks, maybe i dont need to get fitted for one of those? I keep on hearing that people get fitted for their braces pre op...

    Let us know how everything goes for you!
    Best of luck with tests and surgery.

    Cause: car accident & genetics
    Effect: herniations C4-7, stenosis, osteoarthritis, myelopathy, neuropathy
    Non-invasive Treatment: everything under the sun
    Invasive Treatment: 2 level ACDF, C5 & C6, May 2012
    Moving Forward: SCS
  • Ok so here I am 3 weeks post op and although there is some pain it is nothing compared to before, I also thought I would have really restricted ROM but not so, I know how far I can go and you just deal with it. I will keep both of u in my thoughts for smooth recovery. I am so glad I did it and I remember how scared I was, just keep the faith.
    Kimberly Martin
  • thanks for your post, it is so good to read a positive outcome, i am still at the scared point trying to remember that its hobsons choice here, not having the op isnt really an option. so thank you and i hope your recovery continues smoothly.

    my pre op didnt contain any fittings for collars either, will just be trying to take each day as it comes. good luck
  • My experience has been that most people won't get fitted with their collar until right after their surgery. The dressings will go on and then the collar, before you are even woken up.

    Vin, hang in there, we are all sending good thoughts your way for your surgery. Before you know it you will be on the "other" side, in recovery!

    Keep us posted as you are able.

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  • I had c4c5 fused but my surgeon never uses collars anymore for one or two level thank god that would drive me nuts
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