Hello, I'm new here and basically just seeking some information from anyone who has maybe been through this before. A car accident more than 1 year ago led to me facing this procedure on Friday. I am having allograft with stem cell packing and a plate, and an overnight stay in the hospital following.
I am already a chronic pain patient with other medical conditions. Acetaminophen and IV Morphine are both contraindicated in my treatment, and my biggest concern is with what type of pain relief I can expect post-op. I currently am on a q6hr regimen of Roxicodone 10mg that I've become pretty tolerant to, and the idea of having uncontrolled post-op pain scares the hell out of me. Sadly, the PA who did my pre-op appointment said "the surgeon will decide what we can give you" and I received no further information and am at a loss as to what to expect.
Is it true I will have a raspy voice and difficulty swallowing? Or does this only happen in a percentage of cases? My paperwork says I can drive 3--5 days post op, with my hard collar on, but to me this smacks of lunacy. So soon? Could this possibly be a logical choice if I "feel up" to it?
Any information, suggestions, experiences welcome, and thank you for your time.