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January 2017 Surgery Buddies

MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,786
Anyone yet??

Bones
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  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,786
    I forgot - January is deductible season. (again)?

    :(

    Bones
  • drkimjddrkimj MarylandPosts: 15
    I have been reading articles on the site and looking at the forums since I was diagnosed on 10/17/16, and this is my first post.  I am having a 4-level ACDF (C3-4 through C6-7) on January 10.  I started having peripheral neuro symptoms in mid-September (very mild, but given my career this scared the heck out of me and I went to my doctor right away).  After Xrays, an MRI, and a consult with an orthopedic surgeon, I was diagnosed with the mess listed below.  After the first doc I saw showed me the MRI images, there was never a doubt in my mind that I need surgery, just a matter of finding the right team that I am most comfortable with.  Comfortable being a very, very relative term since this surgery terrifies me!
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  • Okay, so I'm new at this.  But I posted for a surgery buddy for January 2017 too.  I'm have scoliosis surgery on Jan 10th & 11th.  
  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,786
    Drkimj and Kstrong - I am not having any (planned) surgery this month - but do please consider me a surgery buddy!!
    Kstrong .... can you tell us a bit more about what you are scheduled for??

    Regards,

    MN
  • Metalneck - hey thank you so much for your support!  I'm having scoliosis surgery.  Two separate surgeries back to back.  Jan 10th - the surgeons are going thru the front (my abdomen) to stabilize my sacrum & pelvis.  Next day, the 11th I get the T1 down to my sacrum.  It's T1 or T2, not sure but what's one vertebrae right?   It's gigantic surgery.  I've had a c-section for my son back in 93 (seriously I thought what the heck do women complain about? I thought it was a piece of cake!). Had a hysterectomy because that dr thought that would relieve my back pain.  I know, hilarious, right?!  Wasn't funny to me now that I look back on this, but technically per UCLA docs, I've needed scoliosis surgery since I was 12.  I was already a surgical candidate at that age.  55 plus thoracic curve & lumbar and a small little curve on my tailbone that the surgeon I'm seeing, he is one of the top docs in the country, says he has to fix which is why I get it all the way down.  I had an operation on my right broken ankle when I was 17 & my tonsils out when I was 18 and I'd rather do those surgeries 10 more times each to avoid these two.  I know it's time.  I know it's what has to be done.  But as hard as I try it's hard to digest what's going to happen to my body next week!  My surgery was moved up 4 months because they had a cancellation.  I'm glad for that - but yet having lots of mental trouble with it.  I'm visualizing the final outcome but it's still very scary to me.  I like sleeping.  Because I don't know I have pain with my scoliosis and I don't have to think about my surgeries beginning in 8 days.  
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  • Hi, am new here too, having revision lumbar decompression and fusion at l4/5 on 12th jan, would love to have a surgery buddy :-)
  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,786
    Kstrong - I saw the scoliosis on your avatar before I read a word - May I ask how many years young/old you currently are??  I've done the multiple surgeries over multiple days thing ...... its not really much fun :(
    Stay STRONG you are tough stuff !!!

    Warmest Regards,

    MN
  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,786
    Dreamchaser - Lucky you ...... its my month to help the surgical buddies group.  I am hopeful others will join in.  But till then then Please ...... feel free to talk amongst yourselves also !!!

    I'll be around also.

    Regards,

    MN
  • Thanks MN and apologies kstrong, initially posted before reading your post.  I know what you mean, for the past month all I've been thinking of is how I'm going to be after the surgery, I've not given a though to the actual surgery until the past couple of days. My surgery is the day after yours, and 2 days after drkimj, we can all get through this together  :D
  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,786
    Well some light reading will help pass the time(s) ---------------> http://www.spine-health.com/seek?query=presurgery
    And after --------------> http://www.spine-health.com/seek?query=post+surgery+

    Dates again??  I'll start a calendar.

    MN 
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