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How do you deal with the fear of Surgery?

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  • Please keep us informed as to how it goes for you with the surgery. I pray the best for you and a fast recovery. Kevin
  • I was terrified before both my C5-6-7 my L5-S1 fusion surgeries for both physical and emotional reasons. But there was also a very clear bottom line in my head - I couldn't live in the pain I was living in and I couldn't live by the grace of daily narcotics, heavy antiinflammatories, and shots of steriods in the spine. There was only one way that I had a chance to get back to something close to the quality of life that I had before I was injured, and that was to have the surgeries. Once I realized that there wasn't really any choice in the matter, the stress that I was feeling lessened.

    And, I can tell you that it was all worth it for me. I'm not 100%, but I am able to live each day without daily painkillers, and most of the time, I don't even think about the surgical sites. They don't feel "normal." I am aware of the implants, that my neck doesn't move the way it used to, that my lumbar is weaker than it used to be, etc. But at about the 2 year mark after the second surgery, I realized that what I wasn't feeling was daily pain.

    So, try to keep your eye on the prize. If you have confidence in your doctor and have prepared your home (as it sounds like you have), you've done what you can. Look forward to working towards a better quality of life.
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  • I certainly know where you are coming from re fear of surgery. Like you Zena my pain at the moment isn't unbearable, but I have had this problem for 13 years and it is progressively getting worse so that now in addition to nerve pressure from a pars defect slip of L4 L5, i have virtually no disc left, and I am getting spinal stenosis and loss of leg sensation & weakness - so in other words I need to have it now before permanent damage is done that cant be surgically corrected. But the idea of 'willingly' going into weeks if not months of pain and restricted mobility is scary, even if its for a longer goal. So yes, I would also appreciate any suggestions to get my head around this thing. Its a L4/L5 posterior full instrumentation fusion & laminectomy with interbody grafts .
  • By now you should've had your surgery and I hope all went well!
    I am due to have a fusion at L5-S1 in about 4-6 weeks and I too am scared. I've had 2 surgeries for this level in the last 6 months and it is very scary. Especially bc after these surgeries they've told me that I would need another surgery. I am an active 27 yo who isn't able to work and it's frustrating to not be able to do the things that I love to do! This is why my surgeon has told me that a fusion is my best option in order to get back to things I love to do. Please let me know how your surgery went so I know what to expect after mine!
    Keep your chin up! Things will get better!! ;)
  • It definitely feels easier to take on when you know there are others out there experiencing the same level of fear. Thank you for that.

    My surgery is this Friday. As I posted elsewhere, it has gone from being a single level fusion to a 3 level (L3-L4-L5-S1) after MRI review. Shelly, I know exactly what you mean by the "willingly" part.

    Lese, I also was told that at my age, 44, fusion is a good option because I have years of activity in front of me. Without it, I will never be able to do the things I want to do.

    I really am keeping in my heart all good things for everyone on here, both those facing future surgery and those who surgery is coming up :)
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