Most of the time in the past 40 years, I had good understanding of what to expect from each of my surgeries. In the beginning of 2005 and through 2006, I was suffering from thoracic disc problems. MRI indicated that I had four herniated T-discs, but because of the stability of my current spine and the method of thoracic surgery back then, we opted not to have surgery and try to treat it with other options. I joined Spine-Health in 2006 looking for more information about the Thoracic discs. Back then, there really wasn't much information available. Most articles stated that the thoracic discs are the strongest, should never herniated and should never cause pain. Well , anyone suffering from thoracic disc problems, you know the truth!
In 2008, I really became more active with Spine-Health and started to take on the role as a moderator. That gave me the opportunity to hear so much more about other members conditions, so that I could look it up and do research on the subject. I started to use Spine-Health as my go-to for any Spinal condition, treatment or surgical procedure.
In 2010, when I was faced with having both shoulders totally replaced, the Arthritis -Health (sister site to Spine-Health) articles and videos really helped me to understand
the actual procedure and the recovery. My surgeon was great, he explained the surgery in detail, and said recovery was going to be hard. All the articles and videos backed that up.
Then in 2012 and 2013 I had to have both of my hips totally replaced. Once again, Arthritis-Health provided me with more information that any of my doctors even attempted to
to explain with face to face communications and with simple brochures. In 2016, I needed a laminectomy to correct severe lumbar stenosis from L2-L5, Spine-Health articles and videos
provided me with so much detail, that I was almost able to talk my surgeon through everything.
About the only time, Veritas-Health didnt help me out was with the quadruple bypass heart surgery this past February !
So, now I am faced with a torn meniscus tear surgery, along with a potential total knee replacement. Arthritis-Health again is providing me with more information than I ever wanted to know about both of those conditions, surgeries and recoveries. Right now, I am scheduled for an arthroscopy meniscus surgery on Sept 21st. The surgeon though feels that is only going to give me some relief, because of the amount of arthritis that is already in the knee joint. He is just reluctant to do a complete knee replaced this year, only because I had that major heart surgery in February., but feels confident that that is what I am going to need soon.
I've postponed this knee thing for most of the summer. I wanted to enjoy the summery, although it was either 99 degrees or raining. But I know its time now, because its more difficult for me to get around without my knee giving out, which has effected my gait causing flare ups in my lower back, shoulders and neck.
I think about all of this and realize how lucky I have been to have a resource like Veritas-Health. But as with every other surgery, once its done, the problem gets resolved and I just keep moving on.
I just hope that all of our many member realize how lucky they are to have all the resources that Veritas-Health provides.