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eajosepheeajoseph Posts: 315
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I haven't been on much lately. Trying to get things organized and ready for my upcoming surgeries.

On 12/31 I go in for outpatient surgery to have the left lobe of my thyroid removed.

Then on 1/12 I go in for 2 360 degree fusions. L4-S1

I'm not worried about the thyroid surgery. Doing it to be careful. A nodule that was aspirated came back indeterminate. The surgeon and other docs are pretty sure it's nothing. This came up on a MRI of my neck and shoulders. If it's cancer, it's really early and should completely removed with the surgery.

I'm pretty scared of the back one though. I won't lie to anyone about that. I had to go off my Celebrex for the first surgery and have been living in horrible pain ever since it got out of my system. I can go back on it for five days then will have to stop for the second surgery. Joy joy joy. Fortunately, I got fitted for my back brace on Monday. It helps a little but of course it doesn't take away the pain.

I'm hoping that all of you are doing well. I'll check back in when I get a little time.


  • I wish you all the best for both surgeries and hope all the tests come back normal. You've overcome alot before and I know you'll be allright. Take care. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • Thanks! I've been thinking about you a lot. Hope all is going well with you and that you are enjoying the holidays.
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  • I hope the new year really will be your year for less pain, better movement and more energy! Hope springs eternal-as it should.

    I know it may be awhile till we heard from you again, but please be assured many of us will be thinking of you! :X
  • Best wishes on both of your upcoming surgeries! We'll be here for you when you need us.
  • I wish you luck with your surgeries!! Just remember that the pain will gradually get better with time.
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  • I'm home and doing well from the thyroid surgery. It was benign! Little sore when swallowing butI expected that. One down, one to go.

    Thanks for all your support. I know the back surgery will be much more difficult.
  • Congradulatons, that is really good news. I hope everything goes just as well for your second surgery. Best wishes for 2009, and I will be thinking of you. You are in good hands. Please let us know the outcome.
  • Well I've got an update on my thyroid surgery. The surgeon called today and the results from the initial frozen biopsy was wrong. I have cancer. It's very small and well within the thyroid. I will be undergoing surgery on Tuesday to remove the other half of the thyroid to make sure the cancer had not gotten there yet. I have about a 98% chance at a 20+ year survival rate. Thank God this was detected so early and is being treated promptly.

    I'm kind of stunned by all of this. I wasn't worried about the thyroid stuff. The surgeon said I'll still be able to go ahead and do the back surgery on 1/12. Wonder if the hospital offers a discount for frequent procedures. ;) Three surgeries in three weeks should count.
  • So glad they caught it early too. Good luck with your surgery on Tuesday, hope it is 100% successful!

    The hospital may not offer a frequent surgery discount but they should all know you by name and your favorite jello / popsicle flavors. And I love your quote :)))
    Jan 2009 L5-S1 ALIF
    May 2017 ALIF L4-L5 with PLF rods added L4-L5-S1
  • I'm so relieved they caught it early. I don't know how you handle all of this, and prepare for your upcoming surgeries. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, and we'll be with you all the way. Please keep us posted on how you are, take care >:D<
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