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December surgeries



  • I started a new thread, because I'm REALLY nervous now. I'm having an ACDF on two levels, using my own bone because I have Osteopenia. Today my surgeon said he may have to do a 360 Fusion, because he's afraid the hardware won't hold.

    I was already scared because of the bone issue, but now I'm really frightened...

  • I slept about 18 hours total the night before and yesterday, so I was feeling really good.

    So, trying to get a jump of some cleaning for the holidays, I swept some of the hardwood floors. Then I moved a table from in front of the window to make room for the tree. Then I got real ambitious and lifted the big screen tv and stand - just abut 2 inches - so that my cousin could slide a rug underneath. Did one corner, then the other.

    So now I am paying for it big time. I hurt worse than I did right after surgery. I plan to do nothing at all this weekend. My pain meds are barely touching the pain in my back.

    So needless to say, I won't be doing anything like that again for a LONG time.

    I am SO stupid. I just pray I didn't do any damage.
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  • Got an immediate call back on Thursday (the day after my pre-op testing) from the NS office and was left a message to call them. Of course I didn't get the message until that night after coming home from work,so I had to wait until 9 am the next day when their office re-opened. They called me again before I got the chance...seems I had an abnormal EKG and they are wanting me to go to my general practitioner to get a new EKG test and an "All Clear" faxed to them before the end of the week. I was able to be worked in with the GP's nurse practitioner on Monday at 9:30. I am praying it will be fine...as I knew that last one I had on pre-op day was a fidgeting mess on my part. I hope that is all it is. By the time I felt decently comfortable the pre-op nurse said she was done. ~X( Argh! Please pray for me that I get the "All Clear". I can't stand the thought of making it this far without getting to have this surgery. The thoughts of not having surgery now are very discouraging. Has anyone else here had this happen to them, where they had to be re-tested on the EKG? Please give me any advice on how to calm my nerves on Monday. Hugs >:D<
  • I'm sure you're a big girl and don't really need a lecture, but what in the heck were you thinking? Please don't do anything like that again. At this point, you shouldn't even be sweeping, never mind lifting things. Please get a list of restrictions from your doc and follow them to the letter. There's no point in having surgery if you're just going to mess it up.

    Cheryl - it wasn't for my back surgery, but before I had my gastric bypass I had two abnormal EKGs. Turns out I have something called benign palpitations -- little irregular heartbeats that come mostly with anxiety (like having a pre-op appointment!). Hopefully, it will just be the same for you and you will be good to go. I'll keep you in my prayers.

    3 level spinal fusion, L3/4, L4/5, L5/S1, November 2008. Stiff, but I can walk.
  • I will be sure to tell them to let me settle in a bit beforehand. lol My husband was there watching before and he said she ran the short tape very quickly when I was still moving around to get settled. I am hoping that was all it was too. Thank you for your prayers. >:D<
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  • Linda, you are absolutely right, and a lecture is exactly what I needed. I have a list of restrictions. Technically, I shouldn't even lift our miniature poodle, since he is WAY over 5 pounds.. (but he bites anyone else). I just dont know what got into me, but do know it won't happen again.
  • Hi Yasmina,

    I think this is a great idea!! I had surgery on the 2nd, I feel like I shouldn't be complaining at all because I only had a microdiscectomy (2 levels - L4-L5, L5-S1). I can't imagine having a fusion or more, this was enough for me. LOL Like you I had the horrible sore throat and barely got my voice back yesterday. It is hard to figure out how to lay sit. I have about 3 positions I stick to.

    I wound up staying after surgery for about 12 hrs. in the hospital because I couldn't pee. This was extremely frustrating!! Because the outpatient surgery closed at 5pm, I was sent to recovery for the next 6 hours. It was HORRIBLE. I didn't even have curtains for privacy, just pushed into a corner. No tv, never offered any food or drink, the nurses were horrible. My BF couldn't leave to get food either because they wouldn't let him back in. Ugh, if worker's comp. wasn't paying for this I would definitely complain to the hospital.

    I am doing surprisingly better than I thought I would. I have almost no pain (I take 10mg Percocet in the morning and at night). I have to remember to take it easy. I get frustrated because my boyfriend isn't getting things done as I would like so I have been doing them (picking up, running dishwasher, making food, etc.) I think the worst thing so far has been the nausea from the meds. I have gotten over it now though. I don't have any friends to visit/bring me things so it's nice I can come to spine health and talk to people who understand. =)

    Hope everyone has a good recovery this month!!
  • DNice said:
    yasmina said:
    What are you going to have done? We'll be here for you to help you through it.
    I'm still deciding. Struggling.
    Stretched wrong on 8/12, felt pop and couldn't get out of bed. Went to ER and found out I herniated L5-S1. They gave me tons of IV meds and the excruciating sciatic pain I had when trying to stand just went numb.

    I had a microD on 8/21 and never really felt better (or at least not past week 2). Follow up MRI showed re-herniation same place, same side, large piece. I clearly lost some disc height as well. Some people (doctors) are conservative and of the opinion it's worth a revision MicroD try. Others recommend Fusion.

    I just don't know. Odds of success are same with both but fusion is permanent and LONG recovery it seems. Also odds of another fusion seem unavoidable. Of course odd of a fusion at some point in the future seems unavoidable too.

    Oddly, my pain is varied. I have good days, ok days, and terrible days. On terrible days, I take a tylenol with Codeine for a great night sleep and I end up having a few good days. So I jsut don't know that my pain warrants aggressive surgery. However, I listen to doctors and I can understand both views.

    I just want to curse (heck I do) b/c I just don't have a crystal ball. So I have 2 more opinions. One is free through a mid-west USA clinic through work that specializes in lumbar herniation and the other is with another neuro surgeon.

    I guess I'm trying to understand why people opted for TLIF on L5-S1. Was it pain and if yes, what level on 1-10? how long did you deal or try other stuff for? Was it leg pain or back pain or both? Did you have leg numbness/weakness?

    Anyhow, you will hear from me.
    Right now, I'm 40 and very scared about a fusion. LOgically it makes sense for the immediate issue but I think out into the future and see the risks of domino. I also weigh time against technology.

    Anyhow, any insight would be much welcome!
    I had L3-5 fusion in Sept 07. The reason I opted for it was because I had waited so long out of fear of anyone going near my back with a needle or knife (which is why I also had 2 natural childbirths)!

    Big mistake on my part. The pain got so bad that I finally said to my dr. amputate or operate! To this day, I have lingering nerve pain down my right leg that I have to control with medication.

    Yes, it is a difficult recovery, but well worth it if you do it early enough before there is permanent nerve damage. In spite of still having pain, my fusion was so worth it as I was at leaast able to live again. I also set goals for my recovery. Things I wanted to do w/in a year of surgery. I was so proud of myself the day I jumped on my daughters' trampoline! Nothing fancy, but I did it. That was one of my goals.

    One of the negatives, and I'll be honest here, is that amusement parks aren't as fun any more. I mostly ride the benches while watching my kids ride. Oh well, that one I can live with.

    Ok, gotta go get ready for my 1st post-op dr's appt. Will post an update when I get home.

    Karen (aka yasmina0
  • 9 days post-op. I don't have to wear my brace anymore and I am cleared to drive, as long as I haven't taken any percs. He said the hardware looks good, and that I can bath or shower, just keep the incision dry.

    I feel like Frankenstein with this 1 1/2 in scar on my neck. Fortunately, it's winter, so everything i wear covers it up. :)

    C'mon neckies and backies of Dec. ( or late Nov./ early Jan.), lets keep this one bumped and on page 1 so no one forgets about us!

  • I was cancelled on Sunday, the day before my surgery. My surgeon was afraid that my bones won't hold the hardware,so he's sending me to a specialist.A Rheumatologist. He says after my bones are stronger, we will repair my back. Now, I'm still in pain, and have to wait. The good news is we aren't opening up a can of worms of one surgery after the other.

    I just hope everything goes well...
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