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I need a February 2015 Surgery Buddy!

Emmiesmom209EEmmiesmom209 Posts: 1
edited 01/27/2015 - 7:28 PM in Surgery Buddies
If there is anyone out there that is having surgery in February 2015 I would love to be able to share my experiences with you. I am new to this forum and beyond petrified of surgery. I am having a 2 stage surgery on February 16th and the 23rd. Stage 1 will be a decompression and Osteotomy of the sacrum, and stage 2 will be decompression/fusion and L5 Osteotomy. Thanks!
Having a 2 stage surgery February 16th and the 23rd of 2015.

Stage 1- Decompression, Osteotomy Sacrum
Stage 2- Decompression/ fusion, L5 Osteotomy

All posterior approach


  • Hi there,
    I too am scheduled for surgery in February. I'm going in for an ALIF with posterior hardware revision. If you'd like to chat more, let me know :)
    TLIF w/ Facetectomy March 2013
    ALIF with disc implants and hardware revision February 2015
  • Hi everyone
    I'm new to this forum but been reading up on my forthcoming ACDF on C56 C67. MRS and xrays, sent me to neurosurgeon whom I didn't like but knew she was right. I made an appt to have a 2nd opinion with a local ortho.surgeon. He confirmed and proceeded to tell me that while the surgery is a risk- I am at risk just walking around because of the damage that would result to my cord if I fell or got rear ended. This scared me. But so have the boards here. For now I am in PT to strengthen the neck muscles. Next appt is in 5 days. It's time to pick a date for surgery. But how do I pick a dr?
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  • Hi There,

    This evening I was researching and trying to find all I can about preparing myself for surgery. I discovered this group/forum and was thrilled. I'm nervous as well and would love to have another part of support as I go through this. Pretty neat to also offer support to someone else as well.

    I'm scheduled for surgery on February 25th. I having my is joint fused, right side with I-Fuse. It has been need for a very long time and I've battle insurance for quite sometime. It was exciting and nerve wrecking to get the news I would be having surgery so soon now. So I'm busy trying to prepare myself, my family, my work, and more.

    Being new to this I'm very unfamiliar but hopefully will get he hang of it! Would be great to have support for each other as we go through surgery. :-)

    Mother of 2 & Preschool Teacher
  • I am scheduled for L4-5,L5-S1 ALIF surgery with possible pedicel screws on Feb 18th and am glad to find people that can help talk with me about this as we go through it. I had a discectomy in May 2013 for an injury and I am hoping this fixes the rest of the pains and gets me back to a place where I can enjoy my hobbies. I'm lucky enough to be a dad to 2 little girls (1.5, & 3.5 years old) and can't wait to be healed and playing with them. I did learn one major lesson from my previous surgery which is to follow the orders of the surgeon to a T. I was picking up my new born a month and a half after surgery and paid for it. Hope everyone has a successful surgery!
    TSgt John Godfrey
  • centen1ccenten1 Posts: 1
    edited 02/07/2015 - 8:51 PM
    I am scheduled for a laminectomy on Feb 20th. This is my second one. I had one on the same disk about a year ago on the other side. I was hoping pt would fix this but I am in so much pain now the dr said go straight for surgery. I hope everyone's surgery goes well. Do not to try to recover too fas . Remember once you have had spinal surgery you will always have to be mindful of your activities I thought I could go back to normal but cannot. Your back will never be as good as it was despite your doctor's claims.
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  • I'm scheduled at the end of the month for an ALIF with posterior fixation. I had been scheduled for March; but due to developing foot drop, my OS moved it up (thankfully). I'm mom to a wonderful 2 1/2 yr old boy - and can't wait to be the active mom I want to be. once I'm recovered, that is. I wish you all the best., and can't wait to read up on your success stories. :)
  • I hope your surgery went well today! Let us know how things are going when you feel better. I have my surgery in 2 days at 0730 and the anxiety is growing. Take it easy! :-)
    TSgt John Godfrey
  • gspmanggspman Posts: 2
    edited 02/18/2015 - 6:43 AM
    Scheduled for L5/S1 fusion ALIF with posterior fixation 2/26/15.
    Have hi hopes for a speedy recovery so that i can get on with life instead of dealing with pain, stiffness, numbness, tingling, burning all the time. It wont be easynor quick I am sure.

    So does my wife.
    Wishing all of you the best of luck
  • I had my ALIF at L45 & L5S1 this morning. The Dr. Was able to put screws and the cages all from the front. I do not have any radiating pain or any nerve pain. The incision hurts some but nothing horrible. I already walked around the nurse station! I know things can change but I am so happy things are going amazing considering. Keep your head up and I hope y'all have a good surgery
    TSgt John Godfrey
  • I'm a little late joining the thread as my surgery was Monday 2/16. I had an L5 Laminectomy /w L5-S1 Discectomy. Everything seems to have went well. All my leg pain I was having seems to be gone. Occasionally I get a bit of residual nerve pain which can be expected.
    This was my first surgery and let me tell you. I knew I would be sore afterwards but this has been a lot tougher than I thought it would be. I can, however , feel a little bit of improvement with each passing day thus far.
    If anyone is having a similar procedure and has any questions please feel free to ask. I wish all of you the best of luck with your surgeries and recovery.
    Best wishes, Chris
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