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LoLLo Posts: 694
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:23 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
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Not sure if that will show up as a picture. Anyway.... At my surgical consultation my NS told me that she was going to try to put the screws in just through small holes over where they go, and that she was going to use this water proof glue stuff. So after surgery they told me it went well, the discectomy was able to be performed from the front, and she saw my nerve and said there may be some irritation still because of scar tissue around it. Tested my strength, everything was fine, so on and so forth. When I was being discharged the P.A. told me I could take my bandages off and shower... And I asked about the waterproof glue stuff on my back, and he just said I could take all the bandages off and shower. So when I get home, I take them off and find staples... I showered with my staples uncovered and my stomach has steri strips covering it still. Does that sound right? I wasn't told there was going to be staples... My boyfriend said if they told me I can shower, then I can.. But I just wanted to know if anyone else had the same instructions regarding their incisions with staples.

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  • I forgot to add... That's a picture with me laying on my left side.
  • sorry I didn't have staples so cannot offer any advice..just glad you are home!
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  • Thank you >:D<
  • Hiya LO >:D<
    I had a disctectomy but my scar is on my back :O . I had staples, i was told i could shower but not to get it wet :SS . I had the dressing changed 3 times a day, this was because the medication i was on caused me to sweat #:S , and the staples had to be kept clean and dry. What they did say, was where the staples clip on to your skin, if the area starts to go red there could be an infection :| . The picture of your scars look clean :) . Your scars must be irratating you, i mean where you have them ~X( .Just keep the area dry and clean, and you will be ok . Get Well Soon! If you want to PM me to vent you can :H

    Angie x
  • My discectomy was 8 years ago and I can't remember. I already suffer from CRS at this age some times! #o

    I did have staples though, and I showered often. Just keep it as dry as you can when you are not in the shower.

    They took my staples out with what looked like a regular old staple remover. It was odd.

    Glad you are home!!!! Hope that you recover quickly! :D
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  • Yeah they never really told me anything about the staples aside from telling me 3 days after surgery, I could shower. I waited almost 4.

    Medicine that makes you sweat? Boooo :( That must have been absolutely no fun at all.

    Thanks for the advice. I will def try to keep it clean and dry!

    That is a picture of my back. I know it may look like a weird tummy, haha, but I had just woken up from laying on my back all night, and there is still some swelling around the staples, so it looks like another life form, really.

  • Thanks :D

    Sooo.... Hey.... You wanna come over with a staple remover and just take mine out for me? Haha.

  • I had staples with PLIF and had to keep mine covered and no shower til staples removed. Changed bandange everyday and checked for redness, swelling, or oozing. If they told you you can shower, yeah just watch for the signs of infection like everyone else. I wish I could have showered, that was hell in June.
  • LO YOUR HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YIPPEEEEEEEE GIRL!!!!

    Ok Like the others said just keep it dry and clean.
    I'm just going by my C sections which is alot of darn staples thank god I do not wear a bikini /:) =))

    I used anitboitic cream on mine. The 1st op was fine.
    The 2nd op I was not so luck and got an infection.
    Watch for increased redness,burning feeling and oozing of any color. Infections are no fun.

    I had glue. Since you mentioned your hospy was a bit dingy in care ;) Mabye they forgot to tell you about your back and just told you about your belly. Did they check it before you left???

    Anyways all our advice is good BUT BUT give your dr a call. I would just be ticked they did not tell you. Gheesh louise!!!

    The cream helps with itching to since you will have that darn old brace on darlin.

    OK EDIT BUTTON LOL about the picture. The did this laproscopic????????? OK I know dumb question as that's what the scars look like. So hopefully you will have less post op pain involved with those areas. Pic looks good so far. (personal opinion only) don't want papa bear coming to get me or nohting =))

    Sounds like your in good spirits must be the drugs or your age =)) =)) =)) =)) =)) =))

    >:D< :* >:D< :* >:D< :* >:D< :*
  • I had 9 or 10 staples after my MicroD and they came out after a week. I am a really quick healer which is good in most circumstances but it meant that the staples had become a bit embedded in my skin. They took them out by snipping them in half and then pulling out the two ends. Only 2 of them came out cleanly, the other 7 or 8 were really stuck in there and it was pretty bad having taken them out. From what I have heard I think that was a pretty uncommon experience and the nurse who was doing it was very apologetic and wished they could have come out a few days earlier.

    Sorry if that is a bit negative, but I wasn't prepared for any pain and it set me back a bit mentally as I had a really rough time in labour with my son and it made me flashback to it even though it was a totally different situation.

    It sounds like you are doing great, I know how awful it feels having hairy legs, I somehow managed to do mine when I was stodd in the shower but with my leg up on a chair.

    How's the tummy ?

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