Hi all - thank you for all your wonderful wishes after my post a few days ago.
He did a posteriolateral. The main incision (about 5 inches) is parallel to the spine mid-line (since I have prior lumbar surgery along the spinal mid-line it is now easier for him to get past that scar tissue by going posteriolaterally). Then he also did lateral (about 3 inches) with an additional small horizontal incision near where the appendix would be.
With the lateral surgery you do end up with referred nerve pain and mine is in the front of my right leg. But my sciatic back of the leg pain is gone. Neurontin and valium has helped the leg pain a lot
Doing lateral shuts down the intestines as they take a bit of a hit. I didn't know much about this so when they allowed me liquid on Thursday i drank way too much apple juice to try to get sugar/carbs back in. Well there was miscommunication and I should have only had ice chips for 48 hours after surgery until they could confirm, via stethoscope, that my bowels were moving. So I became extremely abdominally distended and in agony from that, plus the surgical pain, Thu and Friday. Fri they skipped morning PT as I was too distended in the abdomen to get the brace on. So I was back to ice chips only with dextrose via IV. I started solid foods last night (basic stuff) and then again today.
If all works out I may be discharged tomorrow (Monday) but it depends on the cardiac telemetry I'm on and cultures they ran on my drainage and incision sites (2 days of fever as well that are better now but they've had me on IV antibiotics the whole tie. The drain came out yesterday and I was put on oral meds as well which made me happy.
Today I turned a corner and finally feel a bit more normal. Sleeping 1.5 hours at a time. Incision pain ( back, side, and mini-front) is tough. Especially when the big hard LSO brace is on when up, but overall the pain is better.
Tired so time to gt back to closing my eyes. Hubby brought in the netbook today as I wanted to give you an update.
I have to tell everyone that hubby was wonderful. He was here from 8am to 10pm Wed-Fri and was my aide, doing stuff he never imagined he'd have to do (lets just say he now can put on medical gloves). Yesterday he was here 10-6 and today he got here at noon but now I'm ready to be aone and give hia break so he can go watch teh game and relax. He also had the lady who does some of our floor/bathoom clearing come in today to get the house cleaned as he knows I like to return to "order and cleanliness" when I am on vacation or in the hospital. Hospital here (in Phoenix) has a "partner in caring" program where if you have a family member or a friend doing lots of care daily then the person gets a temporary badge to wear, get 20 percent discount in the cafeteria, etc. At least we both have a good sense of humor when he was in the bathroom with me and I said "this wasn't in the vows now was it" and we both laughed.
I'll try to post again in a few days. Sorry for typos but I can't imagine trying to fix 'em all.
2 ACDFs, 2 PCDF, 3 LIFs; Rt TKR; Rt thumb fusion ; Lt thumb arthroplasty; Ehlers Danlos