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What are the top 5 things you wish your Surgeon had told you



  • After reading this post I am VERY GLAD I had an opportunity to see for myself how my Surgeon handled his surgery patients...I am a CA Comp case(Nurse) and live in a VERY rural area in Northern Cali...45 minutes away from the Oregon border style...yes WAY north...I work at our local hospital here and am lucky to have one of the best Cervical Surgeons in Southern Oregon and Northern Cali in our area(originally from Southern Cali) I got to work side by side with him and take care of some of his patients post-op and ALL of them were satisfied...I never ever heard one complaint about him...so when I got injured and Comp said my only choice(unless I wanted to drive to Southern Cali) was this surgeon I was so happy...I had seen many of his patients on the outside of the hospital up and walking(remember I live in a rural area) so it was nice to see some outcomes before going under the knife....I had a mere handful of questions because he answered all of them before I had a chance to ask them...now I'm not sure if he was so hands on because he knew I was a nurse and he knew me...but it seems as if he was like this with everyone I came in contact with...he even talked to my husband during my office visits to prepare him for what was to come...for example things he should get ready for me at the house while I'm in the hospital...how he is going to have to care for me like washing my hair after surgery...helping me to the bathroom ect ect...although my hubby was already helping...it was nice to hear the Surgeon talk to him and not only me...he gave us a step by step play on how the process SHOULD go...see ALL my hangups/complications were Comp related...example...nerve damage in my L arm is due to the delay of surgery...not because my Surgeon didn't request surgery on time...because Comp wanted to explore all options even though it was clear the only way to get me fixed was surgery and the delay would only make things worse....my Surgeon fought like hell right along side of me to get my surgery and when Comp approved some shit surgery he said NO I'm not doing that to her...I need to do this!!!! And he never gave up until Comp caved in...yes I did go through 16 months of pure hell...pain/spasms/and that awful burning sensation...and becoming less active as I'm sure all of you know what I'm talking about...but it was never the Surgeons fault...he also said he isn't going to release me to the State MD who he thinks will push me into work faster to get me off the state payroll...even if I'm not ready to return...because of the delay in surgery I have had many complications prior to the surgery..but now feel I am on the right track....so I am sorry to hear so many of you have had such a different experience...when you've had a bad experience with any type of MD especially when dealing with surgery let alone spine surgery....it leaves a sour taste in your mouth and you are reluctant to trust again...I understand...I hope you all the best and pray that you all find a Surgeon like mine....take care all...
  • It sounds like you have a treasure there. :D
    Hang on to him!
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  • 1. That some days I will be virtually pain free.

    2. That when I have bad days, they will be VERY bad.

    3. That I would be going NUTS being on practically the same level as an infant.

    4. That using my pool would be great for me but leave me down for a day in pain.

    5. That sitting for onnly a few minutes would be painful as heck.

    45 y/o, 5 weeks post op 3 level TLIF.
  • Oh for sure he's a keeper....especially after reading this!!!!!!!!!!
  • Sorry for all of you who went through surgery and are still suffering :(

    I will read this list again and KNOW what to ask my surgeon from it ;)

    PS: sara - welcome to the spine boards :) when you write long posts, could you please separate some of it into paragraphs - it makes it much easier for a lot of us with sight and/or brain/focus issues to read.
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
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  • Sorry bout the long posts all splurged together...
    I'll keep my paragraphs separated from now on...;))
  • i still think he is a grate surgeon with a knife. one of the best. but his bed side manner after when things wore not turning out to good well#######not go there. i think after all the training docs have to go threw even the (bad ones) had a good hart to start with. and it was not all about the money.
    my case 1, the standard 80% success rate may not apply in your case.
    2, even though your 6mm herniation is small.it is smashing the nerves so bad that you may not ever get the feeling back in your foot or leg.
    3,after surgery -i should have did a fusion- because it looked like a sludge hammer smashed the disk and the micro- D was just a band aide.
    4, you will prob never be able to work in construction again.if you can work at all.
    5, you should be happy that all the time #10 pain is down to a #5 and you will probably have it for the rest of your life because you do not have enough room between the disc space and the nerves to even allow room for fusion material(what is that about=got that good news from my neurosurgeon)
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