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Well ladies this time the back surgery is set in STONE and will proceed!

Friday, November 08, 2013

Yesterday was my appt with my Back dr up in Springdale AR. The trip going up was so nerve wracking I had about made myself sick by the time we got there but I was determined to stick to my guns on WHEN I would be willing to have this surgery. So the appt went GREAT for someone who is looking down the double barrel of a loaded back surgery gun............ emoticon

I did ask him right off about having the pain stimulator installed instead of the back surgery and he said that is like putting the horse after the wagon. The back surgeries have to take place with the problems in my back and because it is going to be 2 major back surgeries I will be upping the dosage of my pain medications (you all know how this bugs me) but...................he said that after 3 months if the pain had not gotten any better we could apply for the surgery to implant the pain stimulator to see if it helped. So it is not off the table as of yet.

I DO HAVE MY OFFICIAL BACK SURGERY TIMES NOW. BACK SURGERY 1 WILL TAKE PLACE ON JANUARY 8th AT 5AM. For this surgery the DR's (back dr and another surgeon who will move my vital organs around so DR. B can get to my spine) will make in incision about 4 inches to the right of my belly button and then start at the bottom of my spine and separate the bottom 2 vertebra and put a disk between them that has been filled with bone marrow from my hip, he will then take off any herniations of that disk and the one above it. He will then turn me on my left side and make another incision below my rib cage and start to work on the next vertebra which he will separate and put another disk in, he will then make another incision further up closer to under my arm pit and he will work on getting any herniations off every disk. I will then be closed back up (this surgery will take about 4 hours) and sent to recovery and then to a private room and with no complications I will get to go home the next day. emoticon

For this surgery it will begin on my right side and the DR will go back in the 2 incisions and place the disk between the 3rd, 4th and 5th vertebra and make sure there are no bone spurs or any bone fragments that were left behind from either surgery. I will then be placed on my stomach and the incisions on my back will be about 4" long on either side of my lower spine. Once the DR is inside he will then take 2 6" rods and 6-8 screws and place them on either side of my back bone to give it the support it needs to heal and let the bones re-grow to the new disk that have been implanted. This titanium hardware will remain in my back forever (unless there is some major emergency that makes it have to come out, my Dr does 200 of these surgeries a year and has for 30 years and he said in all that time only ONE person has ever had to have the hardware removed). Once he has everything in place in my back just like he wants he will close me up and I will be sent to recovery (this 2nd surgery can take anywhere from 4-6 hours) and then to a private room where I will remain for 6-8 days baring no complications.

So there you have it ladies, you now know just as much about the surgeries as I do, when they will take place, how long they might take and how much recovery time I might be going through.

Here is where I will be at.
Karla Webber
c/o Physicians Speciality Hospital
3873 N. Parkview Dr.
Fayetteville, AR 72703
479-571-7070 (you must call my DH first to get the room # or they will not connect you so you can reach him on my phone at 479-739-0314 or 479-221-8441,

Just in case you want to get a hold of me......... emoticon

Hope this eases your minds as it as done mine. I WILL GET TO BE HOME FOR ALL THE HOLIDAYS!!

Nimsy who is ready to get this surgery over.
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    Karla these are some bigtime surgeries and so extensive. I have had a titanium plate and screws in my neck for 10 years but that surgery wasn't anything compared to what you will be going through. It is still amazing to me that some of the spinal surgeries are with frontal incisions. Mine was.

    I will be praying for you and that this will end your horrible pain you have had for so long.. We will have to have lunch together again when this is all over with. Glad you get to have the holidays with your family.
    2742 days ago
    Holy Cow, Nims! These are BIG deals! You (and your doctors' steady hands) are on the top of my prayer list, girl!
    2742 days ago
  • MUSTANG0421
    This sounds like your spine is a complete mess, no wonder you've been in pain! I hope this is an end to all that. I will keep you in my prayers for a successful set of surgeries and a full, speedy recovery. Luv ya.
    2744 days ago
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    I'm glad these are scheduled to give you some relief. Lots of emoticon as you prepare and recover.
    2744 days ago
  • RD03875
    I hope all goes well!

    My husband is from Rogers
    2745 days ago
    Holy Moley! That's a pretty rigorous plan - I hope all goes well. Hopefully once you've gone through the trauma of the surgery, and the body has done some recovery you'll feel a bit better. Sounds like a pretty long road - but I love how positive you sound about it all!

    You go girl - we'll call you the Bionic Woman once this is done! emoticon
    2745 days ago
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    Glad your surgeries are set and wishing you nothing but ease and speedy recovery. Reading the procedures makes me flinch but truly I wish for you all the success with this.
    Hugs and Sparkles

    2747 days ago
    Well Nims in all the time I have known you you've been in pain, I truly hope that this does it for you! You are in good hands with help from above....(I'll say some prayers of healing for you too)
    2747 days ago
    Lady Nims, sending love, luck and fairy dust wishes and prayers for your physicians to guide them safely and successfully so that you are able to sing, dance and shout the results happily and healthily! emoticon emoticon emoticon

    Love, KaTink
    2747 days ago
    Lady Nims,

    So glad for you that the surgeries can be postponed until after the holidays. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    May the surgeries go well, your recovery be swift and uneventful, and you are so much better as a result.

    Mary Lynne
    2747 days ago
  • DS9KIE
    yikes that sounds painful....hope you will feel better after all the surgeries emoticon
    2747 days ago
  • -COURT-
    I kept praying for a healing but guess it wasn't meant to be without the surgery. Glad it is scheduled and you will soon be on the road to recovery. Time passes so quickly. It'll be here before you know it and you'll be doing the hula like a professional.
    Still in my prayers.
    2747 days ago
    don't say you'll have that hardware in your body forever...when my dad had 4 surgeries on his one knee they'd put screws in...his body literally ate them...theres no evidence of them any where! :) The human body is amazing like that! I'm sure yours will be just as great in helping you recover :D
    2747 days ago
    aww. nims i hope the back operations will give you relief from the pain.....and the waiting game is hard.. emoticon

    i suggest you find something you enjoy like reading a book.. to keep your mind off of the anixty.... emoticon

    i hope to see ya around on hogwarts if not i will visit your page to say hello.... emoticon
    2747 days ago
    Glad your surgeries are scheduled and that you will be back home for the holidays!!!

    Praying you do well!!!! emoticon
    2747 days ago
    While I hate to hear that you have to have the surgeries, I also know that this will get you that much closer to being pain-free (hopefully and prayerfully) and in much better health and spirits. I am SO GLAD that you will be home for the holidays! I will be praying for you, for the doctors, and for your speedy recovery.

    emoticon , darling Nimsy!
    2747 days ago
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    I have had a lot of surgeries so I surely feel your apprehension. emoticon I will surely pray for you. I am sorry about your pain. emoticon
    2747 days ago
  • 4CYNDI
    Nims - **HUGS** I wish it weren't necessary, but... I'm wishing you all the best and want a quick and speedy recovery. These surgeries sound a lot more extensive than I first thought, but I hope it finally gives you relief from all the pain! Hope you can lessen the pain pills quickly because I too am one who doesn't like medicating through the pain, but also know it is sometimes necessary.

    2747 days ago
    O my Karla...that sounds like a big OUCH...send me your mailing address at home too. and your regular email..not the one here on SP..Big emoticon
    2747 days ago
    It sounds really extensive. I wish you didn't have to have it. I hope it gives you some relief.
    2748 days ago
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    Wowza, Nimsy. But by the sounds of what needs to be done, I am so glad you are finally scheduled for these surgeries. Big hugs. You are in my thoughts and prayers!
    2748 days ago
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