just back from 20 day post op with NS, I am confused! Doc said would do full front procedure with NO NEED for posterior augmentation (screws) as he would use a plate. (in front/ in top of hardware, to hold all together) Today we reviewed post op films and he explained he actually used a wedge?? And PEEK cage, which originally was to have been a titanium cage, he always said there would be 3-4 screws - he used 3. He had also said there would be a rod, not even sure, if there is one since he opted not to use plate. Ok, I am all for less hardware! If it safe and will hold.
He said today he used as big of a wedge/cage as possible to reduce and relieve foramanal stenosis. Here is my HUGE & SCARY problem, many other NS & spinal surgeons I have consulted told me even with use of a plate you may have issues with maintaining fusion. One NS even told me he knew of no one who can do an ALIF, without 360; to balance and ensure hardware placement. Now, I am sort of well versed on this subject, most of you are 100% more astute, then I with all of your forced gained knowledge, haven had gone through your surgeries and or treatments. My fear is my doc has attempted something on me not widely practiced. BTY, My NS is EXTREMELY gifted, brilliant & talented. Which is why I chose him, even though every other consult said 100% PLIF.
I knew going in doc said there would be scores of options as far as hardware goes, as once he is in there, he will make the call on what to use.
I had a fantastically talented vascular surgeon do approach & close.
Should I be nervous,worried or even concernd??
I have no improvement in leg tingling and numbness. My belly is a mess, pain, bloated, incision pressure, nausea, unable to poop (sorry)can't stop peeing, have a deep seated hematoma, which neither,PCP, NS, Vascular are concerned with, all say will resolve over 6-10 weeks. Also, seeing I'm spilling my guts, also had bone graft taken from illac crest, Ouch. No external stitches! Vascular doc did great job the bone graft area is about 2 inches, steri steps just came off yesterday, on my surgery site about 5 inches, they look like they were just placed! Doc said let them stay on till the come off on own, anyone else have steri strips still 3 weeks post op?
I Know I drafted a novel here sorry PLEASE, THOUGHTS INSIGHTS, OPINIONS!
Ps my next topic will be my meds... so many pills still suffering...next post.. this wore me out.
Healthy & happy wishes to all!