my father (75) has been diagnosed with spinal stenosis and some other age-related signs of "wear and tear". The pain has been ok and he was still able to walk for several hours up until two months ago but it then got worse and after an MRI, the orthopedist suggested surgery. He got an early appointment at a renowned specialized clinic and the head surgeon even called him personally and made it sound like the surgery was not that big of a deal and he would schedule 75min for it.
He would have to stay a maximum of 10 days in hospital.
My parents went to the clinic on Monday for the pre-surgery discussion this week - two days before the planned surgery, but didn't have a meeting with the surgeon, only the anesthetist, who told them that it would be a 3-4 hour surgery and mentioned the care afterwards, with a catheter for the bladder and serveral ones for pain medication etc.
It sounded a lot scarier than what we thought it would be. I have heard about stenoses surgeries as something far eaiser.
My father cancelled the surgery for now because he really want to have an informative talk before and know exactly what will be done and if he does, what of these steps are necessary etc. He is waiting to get an apointment with the surgeon for real now...Hopefully soon!
I am really confused and worried now, if this might be a very complicated surgery or if scheduling 3/4 hours is still somewhat "normal"? Unfortunately I can't send you the info from the MRI results now and I know you don't have a crystal ball to guess what could be the problem or what the surgeon intends to do.
But maybe someone has experience or preferrably
- could tell me that it is still in the range of "normal" spince surgeries etc pp. I am just so impatient now because the srugery was scheduled for today and now it is waiting all over again.
This whole things makes me very nervous anyway.
My father is actually doing ok now considering. He takes two medium painkillers per day and does a lot of things in his office now, so pain is managable and his spirits are good.
Thanks in advance for any replies