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  • Hi all

    Well the Oct surgeries are coming up soon. Who's the first? I've lost track. I know Lo has gone in early and become a Sept lady.

    I've had the pre op and got a lot of information from the anaethetist. He and the surgeon have been a team for years and years and working solely on spines for about 12 (although anaeth does other hosps). I feel really secure that they are a team and know how each other think and work, and any issues they are both there looking out for me.

    I hope everyone else feels as confident about their surgeons?

  • My ACDF is October 2nd.. Next Thursday.. My pre-op is Monday so I'll know more then. I have to have aplatelet transfusion right before my surgery so I'm not sure if I'll have to go into the hospital the night before or not.. I did for my last surgery but my hemotologist wants me to have very "fresh" platelets so I may just get them the morning of my surgery.. I'll keep you posted!
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  • i'm having the same procedure as Lo...anterior and poster (360) fusion at l4/l5/s1, i'm anxious to hear from her...
  • Just hoping Lo is ok. My op on 6th is similar too. We'll all be in the same boat
  • Hi Everyone, :H

    I am scheduled for a cervical foraminotomy on C4, C5 and possibly C6 on October 8th. I am four months out of a revision ACDF and this time the MD stabilized C5-C6 with a plate and screws. I recently discovered this forum and am glad to see there are so many others who have similar struggles with chronic pain and who are facing new surgical procedures.

    I was hoping that the re-fusion in in May from a previous nonunion would have helped relieve shoulder and arm pain that has plagued me for years. I have been living with chronic pain for 16 years with little support: everyone told me I was a hypochondriac or simply exaggerating. :W Anyhow, recent MRIs and the failure of every conservative technique has only reinforced my wanting to do the procedure as soon as possible. My pain specialist wanted to do a epidural but I wasn't too excited about it. And when the orthopedist told me it was a short term fix for something that has to be repaired I told him to schedule me for the foraminotomy.

    I am a little bummed out tonight as my family is not as supportive as I felt they could have been with my decision. Now everyone is an expert on my pain and condition; where have they been for the last few years as doctors and acupuncturists poked and stuck me all over to alleviate the pain? :/

    Sorry for venting. But thanks for "listening". Good luck to all who have surgery and other procedures in these Fall months. Let's get better so that next Spring and Summer we can all enjoy the outdoors even more than ever.

    Jim from NW Connecticut
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  • hey there,
    My name is Ethan, Im having a lameinectomy and fusion on the L-5 S-1 on october 14th been in pain for a year now, and with all the horror stories im trying to decide if this is what i need, both my NS and OS deem it so, but ill admit im pretty scared to do it, the pain afterwards is pretty intense i hear, but im in pain always now. My OS noticed extremely deminished reflexes in my left leg plus my left leg is numb all the way to my toes, and sometimes gives out on me.I also suffer from extreme PTSD and with the pain my irratability sky-rockets. I hope im making the right decision to follow through with this surgery.
  • Ok just checking in since I did start this thread =))

    Good luck to all with surgery the first week in October <:P <:P <br />Nerves are normal for anyone. Even if you have had tons of surgery like myself.
    Second time around went better as in only a 2 night stay.
    Pain well that is the same. But that is also normal.
    Trying to get comfy is a issue. Keep up on your med schedule per your dr. That is one thing that is hard if you sleep for more then the 4-6 hrs. I'm straight forward OUCH. Not sharp pain. Just stiff/achy surgical pain.
    Use lots of reusuable gel icepacks they keep swelling down and feel so good!! :D
    Take day by day when you come home. Its a long road for some as you have probably read already. Some shorter. Please don't base your recovery with someone else's as they all will be different.

    Take care and GOOD LUCK
    P.S. If the Dr ask you before surgery if you ever had a patient controlled pain pump. USE IT. Some ask some don't. They tend to use them more now, instead of coming in the room every 3-4 hrs or having you call them over the call thing in the wall which is a pain yelling into a wall ~X( =)) You get to push the button every 10 minutes and it releases a certain amount of meds in your system. AWESOME INVENTION :D
  • Hi all.

    My ACDF 3lvl C4-7 is scheduled for October 21 and I'm excited about it. I've never even stayed in a hospital before, so this will be my first time ever, but I've been in so much pain and on so many meds for the last five months that I'm ready to get to the other side. Of course I'm nervous, too, and will probably be even more nervous as it get closer, but I'm trying to keep my eye on the donut, not the hole. :))(

    I have complete confidence in my surgeon which is a help. I'm also lucky because my mom-in-law is going to fly in to help me the first couple of weeks.

    Good luck to everyone with October surgeries and keep up the positive attitude - it really will help! :D
  • Just had my pre-op today. I am having c5-6and c6-7 fused. I was hoping for only one level but I knew I had issues at both so I'm not surprised. I got my soft collar which I only have to wear at the hospital, and while I'm walking outside and riding in a car. She said definitely don't wear it while I'm sleeping. I also got a bone growth stimulater that I have to wear for 4 hours a day. Had my chest x-ray and my bloodwork. The only bad thing is I won't find out what time to be at the surgery center until Wednesday.. The waiting will kill me.. I know I have to go to the hospital early to get my platelets so hopefully I won't have to wait around all day for this thing to happen.
    Good Luck to everyone with upcoming surgeries. You all are in my thoghts!
  • Isn't it?? I hate the waiting around, but let's all keep positive and I keep thinking.... "this time next week the first op will be over" Yippee

    Good luck again to all
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