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April Surgery Buddy

MagistraMarlaMMagistraMarla San Antonio, TexasPosts: 177
edited 01/28/2015 - 9:22 PM in Surgery Buddies
I'm looking for a surgery buddy for April, 2015.
I'll be having surgery for spinal stenosis on April 13.


  • Just planned my surgery for 4/7/15, was hoping it would be sooner but what can I do,lol. I'm having a T10-laminectomy with SCS placement at T8-9. This is to hopefully help with pain from my first surgery that "failed" last september. In September I had an L4-5 microdiscectomy and foraminotomy for herniated disc, I was still having horrible pain so a repeat mri was ordered and while it showed some bulgeing above and below as well as scarring at the surgical site, he didn't feel that another decompression and a fusion would be bennificial at this time so he reccommended the SCS. The trial helped the leg pain great but not really the back, though I am hoping that this will help hold off a fusion at least for a little while.
  • MagistraMarlaMMagistraMarla San Antonio, TexasPosts: 177
    I love your name! Dea mean goddess in Latin, which I used to teach.
    I keep reading about "failed" surgeries and it seems very frightening. The only surgeries that I've had were an emergency appendectomy in '99 and an outpatient arthroscopic knee surgery in '08.
    I have three discs that are disintegrating and impinging on my spinal cord - L3, L4 & L5.
    My surgeon said that he will be doing a multi-level fusion, and might well be using pins.

    I wish you lots of luck with yours this time. You will be almost a week out by the time I go in, so you'll have to let me know how your recovery is going as soon as you feel well enough to come here.

    We're leaving for Europe for a month on Feb. 27. My hubby's job is sending him to three countries - England, Germany and Italy. I'll be traveling in my wheelchair, but I wouldn't miss this trip for the world!
  • I hope I emjoy ur trip and that u have success with ur surgery. Failed surgeries only happen about 3-5% pecent of the time and I was unlucky. Though I think I should have expected the microdisectomy wouldn't have been enough, I was told by two different surgeons that the only surgery they would do was a fusion but felt that "I was there yet" and because of my age (30), but (29 at the time of injury) I was told I should wait as long as possible, and basically deal with the pain. I couldn't deal with it any longer when my lower left leg began going numb, I was able to get in with the ,dr would become my surgeon, PA who said I needed surgery and when I met the surgeon he couldn't believe I hadn't had surgery before that point(10months after my injury) and was scheduled for 6 weeks later. Anyway now I'm questioning if I would have had the fusion initially would I be in this position. I am concerned that the still bulging discs are compressing nerves because I'm now having numbness in my right hip, butt, and half way down my thigh, as well as increased pain in my back. I'm just hoping I don't go through this and wind up having the fusion anyway. Let me know how ur surgery goes as well.
  • I'm have ALIF for herniated disc L5 S1 said surgery would take about 4 hour without any problems & I should be in the hospital for 2 nights...I had laminectomy 5/2013 so they called it a failed surgery. 2 months seems so long away but they have to arrange 2 surgeons schedules I'm scared but hopeful!
  • MagistraMarlaMMagistraMarla San Antonio, TexasPosts: 177
    Is your surgery on 4/13 too?
    Mine is a multi-level fusion L3, L4 and L5 are all disintegrating. He mentioned that he might have to use pins.
    He told me to be prepared for 5-6 days in the hospital.
    I's all a bit intimidating to me. I gave birth to my babies at home, and the only surgery that I had to stay overnight in a hospital for was an emergency appendectomy.
    I hope that yours works well this time. We'll have to compare notes when I'm able to get onto my computer again.
  • Yes, my surgery is 4/13 I'm only having L5 S1 ALIF and was told only 2 nights if all goes well. I'm definitely looking forward to comparing notes as I'm able to. I've tried to post here before and was having hard time with site so I hope this goes through.
  • BlondeinbrandonBBlondeinbrandon Posts: 12
    edited 03/23/2015 - 6:17 AM
    My March surgery got pushed back to April. So I am having an ALIF for L5-S1 on April 20th. I was told 2-3 nights in the hospital. He said the surgery usually lasts 2 hours.
    Good luck to all my April Surgery buddies!
  • Sorry to hear that ur surgery was bumbed back but I am glad to welcome you to April buddies, Debbie. I hope that ur surgery goes well and that u have a speedy recovery. Is this ur first surgery? Look forward to hearing ur progress, as u ,ove through the surgical/recovery process.
    Best wishes
  • I would like to join the April group. I should be having my microdiscectomy on my L5-S1 in April. Its a L&I claim and I just received my surgery approval today. So I will he calling my nero tomorrow to schedule, and when I last seen him he said once we get the approval he would be able to get me in pretty fast. I have been living on my living room floor for over a month now because of the pain when I do anything other than lay on my back on a hard surface. I am kind of freaked out about the surgery after reading this forum. I am seeing one of the top neurosurgeons in Seattle, he says its a high success on this surgery. He has been doing this surgery over 35 years and averages 150 to 175 a year. But I think everyone gets nervous about a surgery. I hope to get and give some help and support in this thread. Thanks
  • Doyourowntime89 welcome and best of luck to you. Had my micro on l4-5 on 917/14. The microdisectomy does have quite a high success rate About 85-90%, mine unfortunately was not such a case. Though I am pretty sure it was because of having to hold off for nearly a year due to WC bs.
    Wishing you the best of luck with ur surgery and a speedy recovery.
  • Hello All, I am scheduled for a PLIF L4-L5 on April 7. I've been lurking and reading Spine-Health off and on for a couple years. The decision to finally have surgery has prompted me to register. I hope everything goes well with your surgeries and look forward to hearing of progression to a healthy recovery. As the date gets closer, I am getting rather anxious about the surgery, but hope it will eventually make a big improvement in my functional ability, especially walking.
  • I was contacted by my claims manager this morning to let me know that my surgery was approved. By mid afternoon my surgeons office called me to set a surgery date, its going to be April 2nd. So things are moving forward. Now I am excited and nervous.
  • I' have surgery scheduled for April 8th. C6-7 disc replacement. Was in a car accident in January and specialist told me I have a 7mm sequestered disc fragment. I am beyond scared at this point. I have a 2 year old that needs me. Not sure I want to go thru with it but on the other hand I don't want to end up paralyzed either. I'm only 38.
  • I am also having surgery in April, - 6th for compression spinal cord @ C5/6. Feeling a bit hipped up, just want it done. Need someone to buddy. Maybe we could connect ?
  • Hi everyone:
    With March ending, and April upond us in 2 days... I just want to wish everyone facing surgery this month the best. As a second timer I can say that surgery is always scary but u will get through it and hopefully u will be stronger for having faced it. Just remember that its natural to fear the unknown. Many of us have trouble giving up complete control, and I know that is hard, sometimes the hardest part. But remember that there will always be something out of ur control, just trust in ur doctors and hang ur faith whereever that may lie.

    Hope everyone has a good Easter, a great successful surgery, and a speedy recovery. I will be keeping all of u in my prayers in the coming weeks. Post when u can, and focus on healing and getting better.

    Best wishes
  • MagistraMarlaMMagistraMarla San Antonio, TexasPosts: 177
    I'm glad to see that we have a few more April buddies.
    I just got back from my Europe trip on Saturday. A month of traveling really helped to keep my mind off of the surgery, but now I'm really getting nervous. I really, really don't like to turn over control to others, so that is a biggy for me.
    My daughter just had some extensive surgeries, and will be having more once the inflammation gets under control.
    My husband is at the ER with her now. I'm wondering if her surgery will be moved up.
    This is going to be a rough month for our family.
    The happy news is that another daughter is expecting her third child (our sixth grandchild) and the baby is due on my birthday - September 3. I now have two goals for recovering - I want to be able to drive again and I want to be well enough to enjoy that new baby. I'll be busy crocheting a baby blanket while I'm recovering, too.
    For doyourtime89 and kjsmom2013, as well as our other new buddies - Welcome. I hope that we can all encourage each other through this. I'm quite scared, especially since I'm allergic to opiates and can't take most painkillers.
    I have my pre-op appointment tomorrow, so I'll have lots of questions.
    Let's all keep each other informed as we learn more.
  • MagistraMarlaMMagistraMarla San Antonio, TexasPosts: 177
    Hi April Buddies,
    I saw my surgeon for my pre-op this morning and he moved my surgery to April 6, since he had a scheduling conflict with April 13. Now I'm trying to finish getting everything ready very quickly.
    My hubby had to go to the doctor with abdominal pain today and may have mild appendicitis. The doc ordered an ultrasound, which he gets tomorrow, and strong antibiotics, hoping to kill the infection. If he has to have surgery, I'll have to postpone mine.
    My sweet oldest daughter and son-in-law in NYC just made things much easier for me. They have ordered two months worth of healthy meals prepared and delivered to our home by a chef! Heather knows what a bad cook her father is and was concerned about our nutrition.
    The daughter who lives in Denver is trying to make arrangements to fly in to help for a bit. Kayla had some nurse's aid training before she decided to become an insurance agent, so I wouldn't mind her help. She might also be able to help her younger sister, who is in the hospital right now.
    Once again, I am so thankful for that helpful list of things to get for before and after the surgery. I've printed it out, and I'll be checking and re-checking it over the next few days.
  • Whats up surgery buddies, well its almost my time. I am having my surgery tomorrow morning. Check in at 9am, surgery set for 11am. Surgeon said it should take about an hour, chill in the recovery room for a while then head home. Good luck to everyone and I will be checking back in soon. Take care
  • Good luck tomorrow & positive thoughts coming your way!
  • I have my pre op tomorrow which will take most of the day they want to do a cat scan, meet with the surgeon, & go to the hospital to talk to anesthesia they said all should take about 6 hours plus 2 hours driving time each way...I know I'll be tired tomorrow night.
  • dea-lynnddea-lynn Posts: 152
    edited 04/01/2015 - 5:23 PM
    Hi everyone, just wanted to wish everyone all the best... there seem to be quite a few changes happening with surgeries, mine as well. Though only a simple time change which actually works out better. I was origanally supposed to arrive at the hospital by 0530, but there was another patient that was high risk so theycalled to see if they could bump me back a couple hours, now I don't have to be at the hospital until 0930 so we can get more "sleep", my boyfriend will I probably won't just like last time but I'm hoping

    Can't wait to start reading the post-op/ recovery posts.

    Best wishes
  • I had the same surgery u are having 3 weeks today, they went in posterior and did a fusion also. I have been a nurse for 39 years and this knocked me for a loop but great news is this forum is fabulous and so helpful. I learned what is needed post op to make recovery much easier and would love to share if u r interested. Simple things that u would never,think of.
  • After a laminectomy from L3 to S1 in Nov 2013 and a micro-discectomy at L4-L5 in Nov 2014, I am now scheduled for TLIF from L3 to S1 on April 30th. DDD and Spondy that is moving have put me to this point. I am scared but hopeful that my pain will finally become manageable. I go to a class on April 14th to learn more and have many questions answered. I am hoping to hear many positive stories before my big day. Good luck to all April surgery buddies.
    2004 - 2005 - 3 surgeries in 18 months to fix/fuse C6-C7.
    Nov 2013 - Laminectomy from L3 to S1
    Nov 2014 - Micro Discectomy L4 L5.
  • Hi magastramarla, I am 3 weeks post op and had the same surgery u r going to have. I have been a nurse for 39 years and being on the other side was quite difficult. Wish I had more insight before but this forum has been so therapeutic. I have some simple post op suggestions,that u may find very beneficial if u are interested in knowing , just let me know.,sounds like we have a great group of support. Count me on,with the group.I need it everyday
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  • MagistraMarlaMMagistraMarla San Antonio, TexasPosts: 177
    Please do share any hints that you have. You might want to also add them to the list of surgery and recovery must-haves over on the neck and back surgery forum.
    The only surgeries that I've had were an appendectomy and an arthroscopic knee surgery, so I'm pretty scared about this one.
  • Well its almost 9pm here in Seattle. I had my surgery at 11:15am, it lasted about a hour. I came out of recovery with zero sciatica pain and my foot that was really numb has very little numbness. Even the spot where they cut into my back has very little pain. The last few weeks my lower right side of my back became tight and my body became bentto the right? Surgeon said that very common and it's the body trying to bend away from the side that is huting (in my case pinched sciatic nerve left side). Since my body did that I had slightly less sciatic pain so I guess my body was getting some result in what it was trying to do. Doc said once the body realizes the nerve isnt pinched anymore it should relax itself. So really that is the most painful/uncomfortable thing I am dealing with and its not really that bad either. I have been doing laps walking around the house a bit a. I was really nervous about this. But so far very happy I did it. Good thoughts going out to everyone from me and thanks to everyone for being here in our April buddies thread. Good luck and takd care
  • I said I have zero sciatic pain, but to be completely honest I guess I should have said I have 99% less. Because I have had a couple slight twinges. Just a couple and very slight too. Just tiny little split second twing. A couple in my left buttocks and behind my knee but thats it. I will take it!!!!!!!
  • Pre op for ALIF...Doctor told me last time I should only be in the hospital for 2 nights but yesterday he said more like 3 -5 nights also said I may have to have injectable blood thinners when I come home, no driving for 4-6 weeks, and no exercising for 3 months, I'm really having 2nd thoughts about all this, I guess I just didn't realize what a major surgery this really is.
  • I am scheduled to have SCS surgery on April 13th. Pain in left foot and leg, plus lower back is unbearable. I will post the results and answer any questions I can after it is done. I love the forum and hope to get a surgery buddy to help me with the fear I have of the surgery. Thanks in advance.
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