on what is being done.
I'm scared out of my mind. When I had my lumbar surgery taken care of I was cool as a cucumber but, for some reason the thought of going in thru the front of my neck is not nearly as welcoming.
The surgical procedure is as follows (as stated on the sheet he filled out):
1. ANTERIOR CERVICAL DISCECTOMY AND OSTEOPLYTECTOMY C45, C5-6 AD C6-7.
2. ANTERIOR CERVICAL FUSION C4-5, C5-6 AND C6-7 WIH METAL GRAFT AND 1 OR ALL GRAFT AND/OR AUTOGRAFT.
3. IMPLIMENTATION OF ANTERIOR CERVICAL PLATE AND SCREWS C4-C7.
I guess I have a general idea what all this means. That just makes me more nervous.
I asked him about post surgery, he said I'll be wearing a collar for between 2-8 weeks. I asked about restrictions farther down the line and ROM issues, he said I will see a slight decrease in my current ROM and as far as restrictions from activities are concerned he said obviously I'll want to shy away from any contact sports, I specifically asked about golf and he said give it about 8-10 months before you attempt to golf and that has more to do with your lower back than your neck. The one thing I forgot to ask him is if I will have to stay off of roller coasters since we are planning on going to Disney World in October (7 months post surgery).
My surgery date is 2/27/09.
He was initially saying he was only going to do the C6-7 disc and see how that helped out but, today after looking at my latest MRI he said it would be best to take care of all three now since they have all become equally FUBAR'ed.
When I had my lumbar surgery I sat in the "staging" area for almost 2 hours cause my doctor was late. Everyone kept asking me if I was okay, was I nervous, if I need anything. I didn't need anything to keep me calm. This time however, I will probably need something.