I am actually more terrified of this surgery than any I've ever had (gallbladder at 17 yrs old, "female" surgery at 22, tooth implant at 25, fusion at 29, and a gazillion lil ones; plus, giving birth, naturally, twice), but, for some reason, this one has me scared to death.
Anywho, I'm scheduled 12/07 to meet with the surgeon, 12/14 for blood work, and surgery 12/20. Talk about cutting it close to the first of the year and the ole' deductible starting over! The surgeons asst said I'll stay over night in the hospital at least one night, depending on how I'm doing. Surgery is scheduled for 10 a.m., gotta be at the hospital at 8 a.m.
After the trial, did anyone have some serious nerve irritation? I have one in my thoracic area that is giving me some serious hell ever since I got the trial out yesterday.
The doc did say I will have two incisions, both posterior, which I know is the norm. One will be pretty high on my neck, into my hairline, and the other lumbar/butt area. Then, of course, a laminotomy, or laminectomy if needed, to place the paddle. My surgeon is super conservative, so if I end up with a laminectomy, then I know it was necessary.
I recently read another forum post (I came across it when I googled "scs implant surgery") and this lady that got her scs, cervical, said she had a 6" incision, posteriorly, and 3" incision in her thoracic area (to "feed" the leads up), AND one in her abdominal area! It sounds like they butchered her!!! I told my doc about it and he just about fell over. She didn't have anything crazy come up during surgery to require that many drastic incisions.
Well, for Christmas I get to be transformed into Bionic Mel :-)
Thanks for listening to me ramble!
Take care all.