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Patricia54PPatricia54 Posts: 4
edited 10/20/2015 - 3:22 PM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi, I will be going in for surgery in 5 weeks. Has anyone here who has had spinal surgery, been cut in the stomach, side and back? I have osteoarthritis, a herniated disk and will have two fusions. The surgeon told me that it will be a long (8 hr) operation, along with a co-surgeon. I basically want to know if anyone else has had the three incisions? I know I will be in pain but wondered if you could tell me kind of what to expect, post-op? I have had two spinal epiderals that didn't help. It's really a no choice decision for me, I am ready to give it a try because my pain is increasing. Thank you so much.

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Comments

  • Hi and welcome.

    Sorry you are going through so much. No, I only had posterior incisions with my discectomies so I can't help. I just wanted to wish you well with your surgery. I think with fusion they use two surgeons, one vascular when they do an anterior fusion. I have heard of these different incisions. Epidural so didn't do much for me either.

    For after your surgery pre prepare. You will not be able to BLT for quite a while. Get really organised, a grabber to help pick things up and even pull your socks on. Buy lots of frozen meals so that you don't have to cook. Get things in to pass time on after your surgery, books DVDs, Netflix. Keeping myself busy was a good way of distracting me a little from the pain. Arrange for people to come and visit, but not al at once. Are you on your own or is someone at home with you. You will need help to do even the basics for a while.

    It is scary thinking about surgery but you know that it is necessary when the pain gets worse. All the best.

  • Dear Michelle...I wish you luck on your surgery and hope it's going to give you more quality of life. And thank you for responding to my post, it made me feel good. I have chronic pain issues with FMS too so I don't worry about the pain as much as moving the wrong way after surgery. I am 60 and my husband is taking off work for at least two months to help me. I am so thankful for that. And for your encouraging words. Good luck to you and wishes for a speedy recovery.
    Paty
  • Michelle99MMichelle99 Posts: 57
    edited 10/21/2015 - 8:36 AM
    Thanks Paty,

    All the best.
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