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August 2019 Surgery Buddies

Post here if your are having surgery in August, 2019.

Sandra
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  • nicky74nicky74 New York,NY Posts: 83

    Well, I guess I am August’s first buddy.

       My scheduled surgery for July 15th has been changed for August 5th and from July’s buddies I found myself in August! 

       I had posterior revision C3-C7 April 2018 and I should have my C3-C4 done from the anterior side too 6 months later,clean bone spur,and remove the loose hardware from failed C5-C7 fusion ( June2013). 

    By the 5th month I had bilateral C3 and C7 screws loosened and and had to wait another five months to make sure everything was ok before we go ahead with the second surgery. After my first ACDF I continue having swallowing and voice issues, food stocks in throat( I had esophageal balloon dilation 2016) voice changed and difficulty speaking. So my surgeon sent me to the otolaryngology department of the hospital. Results..dysphagea,dysphonia vocal cords paresis. 

       Decided to go ahead with two surgeries with my spine surgeon and ENT/head surgeon. ACDF C3-C4, corcectomies,removal of a bone spur, “exploration of Cervical fusion” with removal of C5-C7 plate and Cricopharygeal myotomy/removal of the Cricopharygeal bar to improve swallowing and prevent it from getting worse with  second manipulation/mobilization of the esophagus on August 5th

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,443

    Nick

    Welcome to Aug. Surgery Buddies!! We should have more members joining soon.
    You have gone through so much and so much more to go through. My prayers are with you. Just stay positive and hopefully all well work out well.
    If you need to vent or just talk, we are here for you.

    Sandra
    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator
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  • nicky74nicky74 New York,NY Posts: 83

    Thanks Sandra for welcoming me again in August buddies this time. 

    This will be the third surgery on my neck but the feeling is the same. Yes I have been there before and I trust my doctor but freakin out in the idea of cutting my neck open and moving everything on the side after all these problems I have with swallowing and the vocal cords. Yes my surgeon will be assisted with top ENT/head surgeon specialist in otolaryngeal microsurgery who will prepare the way and do the second part of the surgery which it is very serious. Given the problems I inherited from my first ACDF I was told and I know there’s a slight chance of getting worse and  end up with a feeding tube or no voice at all but I am confident both doctors are the best of what this university teaching hospital has and regardless of how difficult or painful the surgery and the recovery is going to be I want to believe that it won’t be worse than what it is now!

       I am concerned about the physical toll this will take and I am more concerned about the emotional. Human nature. The anxiety of the unknown! 

    I had difficult time last year with the infection after the posterior and  besides the six days I stayed in with the surgery I spent another month in and out the hospital and I am trying to  have better attitude and positive thoughts this time regardless my of mistake watching the video of the surgery,I found on the web,and read mostly horror stories. I couldn’t resist and I don’t recommend this to anyone! 

  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,443

    nicky74

    Just checking in since your surgery on the 15th, hope everything went well.
    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Sandra
    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator
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  • Hi All,

    I'm up for a revision C5-7 ACDF toward the end of August.  My original surgeon wasn't very helpful, so I've been conducting an extensive search and found one I really like.  He's quite optimistic that with some technical adjustments that the odds of success this time are very good.  Ready to get it over with.. it's been a long road with failed ADRs to start and then a failed revision ACDF.  Wish me luck!

    Kevin

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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,443

    BRONCOFAN

    Kevin, Welcome to August Surgery Buddies! But I hate to see you have to go thru this again. Your attitude towards surgery has everything to do with your surgeon. And it sounds like you have a good attitude towards this one. Stay positive and wishing you all the luck in the world.

    Sandra
    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator
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    Please read my  Medical Story  
  • @memerainbolt  Thanks Sandra!  I'm very optimistic about it... really there isn't any good reason why I shouldn't be able to get a successful fusion this time.  Will keep everyone updated!

    Kevin

  • Looks like I’ll be August as well.  Tentatively scheduled for 28 August for revision C6/c7 posterior. Hope to confirm tomorrow. Original surgery C4-C7 ACDF was 5 1/2 years ago. Long journey to this point and didn’t realize how bad the pain was until I stopped the Butrans patch 3 weeks ago in preparation for the surgery. Of course I didn’t realize I was going to have to wait until August when my pcp said stop the patch in preparation for pain control after surgery. 

    laminectomy c4/c5 2008, ACDF c4-c7 Jan 20 2014, pseudo arthrosis suspected 2017, diagnosed  2019.  Revision C6/C7 pending. Multiple ruptured discs lumbar, l2-s1.
  • @davrunner I have to talk to my PM about that as well.  Of course, I only recently started with pain meds and am keeping the dosing very low so I'm still very aware of the baseline level of pain.  It is still amazing though, if I get busy and forgot my dose... well let's just say I don't forget it for long!  

    I think they may want me to stop for a week before surgery, which will be rough.  I'm at a solid 6 pain level pretty much all day without it.  With the meds, the pain averages a 3 which is just a huge difference in functionality!  

    I'm on for 8/20, so we'll be able to compare recovery notes.  One thing that I find extremely disappointing is that I didn't even get one level to fuse.  I believe it's because my surgeon used PEEK cages, all the ortho spine guys I've seen and some articles online note about 3X the failed fusion rate because the plastic takes up too much space for efficacy in the cervical region.  I have no idea, that's just what they tell me. 

     Glad you only need one level, all of my surgeon's have told me that the posterior fusion has a very, very high success rate for getting a fusion.  But they also think changing the technical factors gives me a good chance with ACDF... so we're going to give it a try!

    Best of luck to you!  

    Kevin

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