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Surgery Scheduled Soon

tkdanttkdan Posts: 62
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:02 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I'm scheduled for a two level ACDF Friday the 18th. I'm a little stressed to say the least. I know this is a routine procedure, and I did not think I would have any anxiety, but I do. Possible because it is starting to sink in that it is inevitable. Just stressed and could use a little support.


  • Hi tkdan, like you i am due surgery next week, vertebrectomy next wednesday. like you i am really anxious too, i am thinking that if we had no anxiety we wouldnt be human? and you are right, we dont have a choice when it comes to this sort of surgery and i think that feeling of it not being our choice contributes to our feeling a bit out of control? what do you think? But with help from our friends we will get through this because we must, and hope that the future will be a little more secure because of it. good luck and hope to catch up when we are on the other side of our ops.
  • I look at it this way, Routine procedures are something they perform on someone else. When it comes to me, :T there is nothing routine about it, I want the attention of everyone focused on getting this one "special" procedure done right. Then they can go back to routine...
    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014 sched
  • I don't think of this as a routine surgery, maybe one done frequently, but not routine. I was an OR nurse and I scrubbed many of these before I had mine. I was still nervous.

    Most people do exceptionally well with this surgery, and it is not a "new" procedure, lots of history and data with it. It continuously improves with refinements of technology and implants, but the basics are the same.

    I hope that everything goes smoothly for you and that we see you back on the site soon, telling us all how well you are doing.

    Thinking of you,
  • Thanks for the replies. Welshlady, I do feel that the lack of control contributes to my being uneasy about it all.
    Ok routine may have been the wrong word. I do know two people personally that have had very good results with this sugery. One is five years out and doing fine the other is my sister and she is ten years out and doing great. That gives me a little comfort.
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