Met with the neuro today. He went through all of the basics of surgery.
He also told me know won't know how much bone he will have to take until he gets in and see's how much scar tissue I have. He said he may just have to do a small laminotomy (possibly laminectomy), on one level, and be done, or he may have to do several levels... I will know when I wake up! :-)
I am DREADING the recovery of another procedure, but it will be worth it.
I didn't know this, but I will be in a neck brace for a month! Blah... I only had to wear one for a week with my fusion. I do understand why, totally, but I don't have to like it. :-P
I will be staying over one night.
I asked him what he plans to give me for surgical pain and he asked what I am currently on (Fent patch 25mcg, 5mg Percs, and Flexeril). He said he is just going to up my Percocets to 7.5mg, and to take two every four hours. I am hoping this covers my surgical pain.... I am calling my pain doc to run it by him and see what he thinks, although last time I was at his office and told him I am going to go ahead with the perm implant, he said "it's a really simple, painless procedure. You will only need pain meds for surgical pain for maybe a few days." What! From what I have read, it's not simple, like getting an injection! I think he may be a little confused on which procedure I am having. I am getting a paddle, not just leads, so there is more involved. Oh well, we shall see.
Anyhow, I am trying to be in a "Christmas" mood, but it's just not there. Normally I am ready to bake, shop (I am not a big shopper, I hate the rudeness of some ppl, crowds, and all that, but I do like getting gifts for my kids, nieces, and nephew
), etc., but I don't feel like doing anything but sit on my butt or lie in bed. Sad, sad, sad. I told my husband that I wish I didn't have so much going on because if I didn't, I'd just take sleeping pills for the next 12 days and sleep my way to December 20 :-)
Oh, he said he's placing the paddle at C2, which seems high, but he said that's the best placement to get the best coverage.
Well, I am off to bed :-)