Surgery Update

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

I have a definite date for surgery!! Friday, September 8th.

When I went to meet with the surgeon last week, I had a lot of questions for him. I learned that the surgical procedure would take 8 - 9 hours, and that he would have an additional surgeon assisting him. The hospital stay is anywhere from 2 - 4 days, with an at-home recovery period of approximately 3 months. I asked him what I could do at home now to help with recovery, and he said to start taking Vitamin D and Calcium. I was already taking Vitamin D, and I've added Calcium. He also gave me a neck brace to practice wearing at home, and I'm to bring it with me the day of my surgery. It actually feels pretty good.

When I have the brace on, I'm very aware of my head being held up and straight. I'm not supposed to bend over or reach over my head with my arms after the surgery. I don't know how I will manage being on the computer because I look at the keyboard as I I may have to just sign in until I heal. I'll figure something out!!

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  • no profile photo CD9234910
    Wow, it is indeed approaching fast now! It is good that you have a good idea of what to expect, even though the 'holding your head straight' thing will be tricky. But I am sure you will manage with time.
    Thinking of you! emoticon
    1377 days ago
  • JANET552
    I could have scheduled my surgery for Friday, September 8. I was offered Tuesday or Friday so I just picked the closest day.
    1384 days ago
    Hugs and prayers for you, Karen
    1384 days ago
    Glad you have a surgery date and what a great question you asked!

    Your restrictions following surgery sound similar to those my husband had following a shoulder surgery that was pretty tricky.

    Best wishes for a successful surgical outcome and recovery. emoticon
    1386 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15003511
    I'm sorry you have to have surgery, but it is good in that hopefully it will help w/ your pain.
    1391 days ago
  • BARBIE176
    That is a long time to be in surgery, but I am sure you are looking forward to it being over and are thankful to have a date. I wish you the best of luck during surgery and a speedy recovery. emoticon emoticon
    1393 days ago
    1396 days ago
    Wow! That is a long surgery. I am glad you are planning in advance how to take care of yourself before and after surgery emoticon
    1396 days ago
  • JANET552
    Your surgery is not so very far away!! Great idea to ask what you can do now to help you in recovery. I'll have to remember that should I find myself facing surgery. Take care!!
    1396 days ago
    I have been thinking about you. Good luck with the surgery. At least you don't mind the neck brace. If it is the same one they put on you when you are in an accident I hated it.

    Don't worry about not being able to spark. I will miss you but following the Dr. orders and healing properly is way more important than sparking. Maybe your DH can just let everyone know that you are alright and on the road to recovery. Prayers and good thoughts always. Spark mail me your new address, I have the old one.
    1396 days ago
    hi! sounds like you got a lot of good information! a friend of mine also got a couple subliminal/hypno tapes that she listened to before and after her second knee surgery. the recovery went a lot more smoothly with less pain--she attributed at least some of that to the tapes she listened to.
    I don't know if there is an inexpensive version of a voice activated typing system like dragon for the puter--maybe a temporary download or something. then whether you could see the keyboard or not it wouldn't matter! glad to hear your peaches are done--it's always such a nice feeling to look at those pretty jars full of summer!
    1396 days ago
  • TWEDEE777
    Good luck! I hope you get relief!!
    1396 days ago
    I wish you the best of luck in your upcoming surgery! You're in my prayers!
    1396 days ago
  • SEAGLASS1215
    I'm glad you have a date scheduled but wow, I did not realize how intense and long the surgery itself was going to be, as well as the 3 month recovery time! Good thing you are able to prepare in advance. If you really must type on the keyboard, perhaps you could raise it up high enough on top of a shelf or stack of books so that you could glance down with your eyes only? You are facing a major procedure, you may not even want to think about using the computer for awhile! rest assured we will all be here supporting you and wishing you a speedy recovery!
    1397 days ago
    Oh boy, surgery on your neck, I presume. The first surgery I had on my neck was in July of 1990. I felt so good, I asked if I could run the NY marathon. That was coming up in November. He said ok. He was a runner himself, so he understood my desire to run. In November of 1990 I ran my first Marathon in NY. I completed in about 4hrs and 45 min. Slow, but I finished.
    I'm telling you this for Hope. There is hope. Of course, I have no idea what you're having done, but thought I'd share that with you. And , of course, again, at that time I only had one cervical veterbrae that needed fusion.
    I wish you all the best, (by the way, I was in my forties at the time) I'm 68 now, and have had 2 more surgeries to my neck. No more marathon's for me!
    Good luck Karen! Hurry and get well! Lester
    1397 days ago
    Wishing you all the best for your surgery and recovery! emoticon emoticon
    1397 days ago
  • FRAN0426
    Wishing you all the best with surgery and recovery.
    1397 days ago
    Will be watching o'er you and standing by closely ........ emoticon
    1397 days ago
    You are in my thoughts and prayers. I always feel the waiting is the worst part. emoticon
    You've been so busy make jam but don't forget to get your rest. emoticon
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    1397 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14575754
    It's great to plan ahead and to 'know what to expect.' Practising with the neck brace is also a smart move.
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    1397 days ago
  • no profile photo CD15653250
    I'm sure you're happy you got the date set and you were able to go over what to expect before and after surgery.... All will go well and you'll be out of that brace before you know it..... Hugs and prayers.
    1397 days ago
    That's a lot of time in surgery. It is great that you are getting all your info in advance. That way you will know exactly what to expect. Make sure you know what is abnormal too. They never like that question, but it is important to know. Also ask if you can get prescriptions ahead of time. One less thing to worry about.
    1397 days ago
  • LINDA!
    Best wishes for your surgery and recovery.
    1397 days ago
  • ANNIE1114
    Maybe you could just take a spark break until you have time to heal . I hope all goes well. It sounds like a very long surgery.
    1397 days ago
    I wish you all the very best. Lots to deal with.
    1397 days ago
  • no profile photo CD17462428
    It must be a relief to finally have that date! Hoping that the hospital stay is long enough so when you do go home you feel ready. Recovery takes time physically and mentally. Prayers for you, the doctors and nurses.
    1397 days ago
    Glad they're letting you know what to expect in advance. You could just let Hubby sign in and you could dictate to him? emoticon Hugs n prayers
    1397 days ago
    1397 days ago
    take care and don't worry about signing in on the computer emoticon
    this surgery is waaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy more important! emoticon
    1397 days ago
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