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Recovery thread for Aug/Sept surgery club!!!! Post your story here :)

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edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi Everyone.
Chrissy was gracious enough to start a thread on when all of our surgeries were going to be in August and September.
Since there is still alot of September left I figured I would start a recovery thread for both these months.

So please if you would like post your recovery here. How surgery went for you, hospital stay and how you are dealing with the recovery process ;)

It is so much easier to keep up with everyone in one spot

Good luck to all!!
Terri ~~


  • Aug 5th-almost 5 weeks post op now.9 hours in surgery. First few days were terrible-since I can't take any pain meds-the first couple of weeks were hard but I am smooth sailing now! Still on all restrictions-I can walk and lay down-nothing else. I am a little sore but feeling way better than before my surgery!
  • Hi Terri,

    Thanks for taking over for me while I am trying to get better...really appreciate that. I think by the time you go in I should be ready to continue to take over again!

    Well lets see....Hmm.. I am 4 days post op I think! ACDF 2 levels C 4-6 My surgery was in the after noon on the 3rd of Sept. I am doing alright I guess.
    I ahve been up and walking a lot. The swallowing is really a problem for me and things even like liquids are hard to get down.
    Some pain symptoms are gone and some are different. It is too early to tell what the outcome will be, but I am feeling positive.

    The only concern I have is about my medications. I will start a thread about it so as not to clog this one up with that stuff.

    My Mom bless her heart is here taking care of me. SHe has already over done herself by lifting a case of water and twisting at the same time and is paying the price dearly. You cant tell Moms to aske for help I guess. lol.

    The paper work from the surgery center says I should have a post op appointment with the doc 7-10 days from date of leaving the surgery center and I will be out of meds before then so I need to get on the phone this morning and get that stuff straightened out!
    Other than that I am just trying to walk eat rest walk eat rest. Eating is difficult but the rest is doable.

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  • Shay awesome things are going ok now. So sorry about pain meds making you sick, they do alot of people so you are not alone in that dept.
    Just keep up the drs instructions and well before you know fingers crossed you will feel brand new. I certainly did after my cervical fusion. To bend your head all the way back is HEAVEN O:)
    I wish you continued success!! Keep us up to date!! >:D<

    Chrissy darlin yes you can take over for me LOL
    Of course I will be on the computer on the couch the day I come home as I WILL NOT be smoking anymore. Best time to quit is when you will not have any for 4 whole days!!! :D
    I posted under your med post!!!

    Glad mom was helping you. But gheesh now she is sore?? Man oh man MOMS. :P
  • Surgery on Monday, August 18 - PLIF L5/S1 with cage and facet bolts - 1.5 hour procedure. I was home late Wednesday afternoon and the staples were removed 10 days after surgery.

    The pain was bad until they switched me from the morphine pump to oral Percocet the day after surgery - the difference was quite noticeable within an hour.

    Overall, my recovery has been better than expected. I was able to walk to the mailbox Thursday afternoon (week of surgery) and two days ago I did 3 miles of walking.

    I have had to slow down while walking. I started going at a slightly quicker pace with longer strides (still shorter than normal) but started getting more pain. Slowing down and walking a little less seems to have helped.

    I am still on all restrictions and getting bored laying on the couch all the time. A slight bit of depression, but not much.

    The pain had steadily decreased over the first 2 weeks, but has increased in week 3 (I am trying to adjust the amount of Percocet, so that may be part of the problem). The location of the pain seems to change every day. Getting up this morning was extremely painful, but is better now.

    Next appointment is September 25.
  • Glad to see your doing so well Mark.
    Yes just keep up with your restrictions for now till you see your dr again. It does get boring that is for sure.
    Thank goodness for alot of channels on T.V. now, movies, laptops etc. What would we do?? lol

    I love hearing everyone's stories. As everyone is different. NO matter if it is the same surgery or not.
    Now last year I was in for 4 days. Pain pump till the 4th day in the morning. Then oral meds on that morning when I was scheduled to go home that night.
    My cath was not taken out till the 3rd day etc. I was not allowed soft food till Wed and my surgery was on Mon morning. I was allowed water till Wed weirrdddd. Mabye they thought I would get sick because I had the highest dose of dilaudid allowable.
    I started walking on the third day. And sitting up in the chair for 15 min.
    I was glued together and no staples etc. Disovable stitches inside.

    Anyways that is old news. Yes Terri the rambling poster I) :O ;)

    =D> =D>
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  • Posterior cervical surgery on 8/14. Released from hospital next morning (happy birthday to me!). Felt great day of surgery and day after, except symptoms (neck, shoulder and arm pain, weakness and numbness of hand and fingers) remain, with numbness worse than before surgery. Sent home in a soft collar.

    NS prescribed Lyrica and Percocets, but I didn't take Lyrica (except for two capsules they gave me in the hospital) because of the black box warning on that drug. Pain is manageable at this point, and I have not taken any Percocets in the last three days.

    I have my follow up visit with NS on 9/17, and I hope some or all of my resrictions are released at that time. I'm also hoping that my symptoms improve.

    1993 ACDF c6-c7
    8/2008 posterior cervical foraminotomy and ectomy at 3 levels (c4-c5, c5-c6, and c7-t1) with arthrodesis
    DDD and severe spondylosis at all cervical levels (except c6-c7).

  • Unboringuy so glad your over the hill <:P <br />you made it through the worst part.

    Your recovery sounds like your on track. as you know some recover faster, some of us a bit slower.

    I was down to low meds by your point to.
    I needed them if I was up to much , if I did to much walking, or we went out for the day.

    I hope your numbness/weakness/tingling go away soon.
    please continue to keep us up to date and let us know how your follow-up goes!!! :D

  • 5 weeks post-op PLIF L4-5 on August 5, 2008. Getting easier each week. Driving since week 3, Pool therapy since week 4, Walking 2-3 miles a day. Having low-back, SI joints, and intermittent bilateral hip pain, tolerable. Weaning meds is going okay. Still with no BLT and in TLSO brace. First X-ray to check fusion 9/29. Getting very bored (|:
  • Thanks cali for posting!!!
    It helps as people are browsing these boards/signed members/non see all the post op stories. Of both the neck and back. It does help!!

    Your doing awesome!!!!! Keep up the good work. Keep us posted about your progess!!
    Bored I know all to well by the time I got to your point. Your starting to feel better and your like what do I do with my time???
    I am personally going to take up reading which I have not done in years!!!!

    Good luck hun
    Terri >:D< >:D<
  • First of all I would just like to thank terri for inviting me over to this thread. It sure is nice to talk with others who have been through this as well.

    My problems started in december of 2007 when I was training for an upcoming powerlifting event. I was doing a squat with a weight that was heavy yet something that I typically worked with, on the way up my knees buckled and I twisted my back feeling a pop. I nursed the injury for about six months until I could no longer bare the pain and saw the NS.

    I had surgery on july 17th, 2008 for the subsequent injury. My pre-op diagnosis was isthmic spondylolisthesis, L5-S1, DDD, L4-L5, L5-S1, bilateral pars interarticularis fracture, L5-S1 and lumbar radiculopathy.

    This is what I had done according to my operative record;
    Laminectomy at L5-S1 level with hemilaminotomy of my right L4 with diskectomy at L4-L5, L5-S1, with anterior bone implant x1 each at L4-L5, L5-S1, with pedicle screws at L4, L5, and S1 bilateral with posterior instrumentation at that level with posterior lateral fusion using Allograft bone and Infuse at L4, L5, and S1 with reduction of spondylolysthesis.

    Wow that was alot of terminology, can anyone translate that? I am only 29 years old and am in great shape, but seem to be still experiencing severe pain after 7 weeks is this normal? Also last week my NS put me on a bone growth stimulator.

    Thank you all for listening.

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