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Post-Op Great news

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:25 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I just had my first post-op appointment with my NS. I am almost 8 weeks post-op from my single level ACDF and fusing GREAT! The x-rays were pretty impressive. The initial post-op rads taken the day of sx showed the cadaver bone as very mottled, obviously separate bone. Today's rads showed that the density and texture of the cadaver bone is almost exactly the same as the vertebrae above and below. There is only the slightest white line visible between C5 and the graft and C6 and the graft. My NS called it a "textbook perfect" fusion. He said I may even be able to be skiing by the end of February or March (steep and deep powder, no bumps) and I will definitely be rowing on the rivers next summer. >:D< (Something I sorely missed last summer)

He increased my weight lifting limit from 10 pounds to 50 pounds, but warned my neck and shoulders may hurt the first few times I do lift something that heavy. Since I'm a vet tech, my boss will be very happy that I've graduated back from medium sized cats to decent sized dogs. I'm still staying out of the barn, though!

I'm so psyched with this good news. I was a little worried after last weekend. Some friends and I went down to Las Vegas for the National Finals Rodeo <):) After 3 nights of drinkin', dancin' and stayin' out 'till dawn, my neck was pretty sore. :O I even broke down and took Advil (I didn't want to be mixing my narcotics with alcohol). Turns out the first 7 weeks of "being good" payed off and wasn't ruined by one naughty weekend.<br />
Anyways, I pray you all get good news like this someday. I'm on cloud nine and just wanted to share....


  • So happy for you! Keep up the good work! >:D< >:D<
  • Thats fabulous news. I hope my 6 week check up, which is ironically New Years Eve day, is as successful. Maybe I'll be out with the old and in with the new!

    I, too, had to "sneak" an advil once during the 1st 3 weeks because of an awful headache that wouldn't get better with tylenol. Honestly, tylenol has never really helped me with anything! So I hope it hasn't set me back too much. My bone graft was taken from my hip - so we'll see how it goes.

    Keep up the great recovery.

    Kathy in Atlanta
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  • Good for you! Keep up the great work. I hope that one of these days I will get some good news, not a darn things yet for me.

    Take Care and dont over do it!

  • How awesome is that?! It is so terrific to see great news and success on the boards!
  • So glad to hear it!! You must be over the moon excited!

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  • That is great news. Who know, maybe you with be white watewr rafting again by summer!
  • That is truely wonderful! It is also great encouragement for those just of of surgery. :D
  • You rock! I'm so happy for you. <:P
  • . . . by your excellent report.

    I get my first xrays on Monday post 2-level cervical fusion. I pray my report is as good as yours!!!

    I'm scared to take Advil . . . have suffered through some pretty serious muscle spasms, but I don't want to chance risking my fusion.
  • I am so happy to hear someone accent the positive! :B I know you will continue to recover and regrow in this way.

    One Love,

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