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Post here if you are having surgery in November, 2019.
ACDF C3-4, C6-7 and C7-T1 on Nov 20. Never had any surgery as an adult. Should be an adventure!
Glad to have you here, you're the first but there will be others to join you.
I had ACDF C4-C7 in Feb. 2018, surgery was really not that bad and recovery went well.
Take care and keep us posted
Good to hear you did well with surgery Chip. That is encouraging!
Welcome SprngfieldM1Chip will be a good one to talk to as you can see. Below are a couple of links that may help you out.
Practical Advice for Recovering from Back SurgeryHow to Prep Your Home for Spine Surgery Recovery Video
Take care and keep us posted.Sandra
Having acdf 4 levels next month lol! So I'm a month early. I'm also 66. Just so happy to finally get this done. Been having some really bad pain issues. I've also had spine fusion in 2015 T-3 to S1. My spine never felt better. Earlier this year I had right si joint fusion. Again great results. My spine specialist surgeon is a miracle worker. Good luck and best wishes to all November surgeries! Heck, mine may possibly be in that month but I'm hoping for October. Just depends on surgery schedule
Welcome, you have been through it with spine surgeries, hope this one goes as well as the others.
When you get a date, let us know, if we need to move you to October, we will.
I wanted to also welcome you to Nov. surgery buddies. And keep the great positive attitude you have!Please read the links above, they may help you out.
SandraVeritas Health Forum Moderator
Just found out this morning that I will be having L4/5 TLIF surgery on 11/5/19. Due to my insurance through work, I will be flying to Houston for this surgery. A little nervous about the flight back home (post-op). So ready to get rid of the pain in my legs (shocking sensations) and maybe the back pain, too. Have been reading the post in here. Thank you for letting me join this forum to learn all I can about my procedure and recovery. Then afterward I will share my experience and help with questions.
Hi purpleprincess. Hope your surgery goes well and you get pain relief. Looking forward to reading your posts about your experiences with surgery. I am scheduled for multilevel ACDF 11/20. Take care.
Hi SpringfieldM1...thank you very much. I’ll definitely post updates about my experience with surgery. I did a total knee replacement in June 2017, so I’m hoping the back surgery/recovery isn’t like the knee recovery. My husband had the ACDF on C5/6 (I believe that’s the correct level) in August 2015, due to an injury at work. Sending prayers for you to have a smooth surgery and speedy recovery from your surgery. Take care and have a great day.
Welcome to Nov. Surgery Buddies!! We have your surgery as Nov.5th, if anything changes, just let us know.Have you seen the Spinal Fusion Health Center on Spine-health? Spinal fusion surgery comes in many forms, and you’ll find a number of doctor-authored resources here, including Types of Spinal Fusion, Postoperative Care for Spinal Fusion Surgery, and tips to help Maximize the Ability to Heal After Spine Fusion Surgery. It’s a great resource for anyone considering spinal fusion. I hope you find it helpful.
Take care and keep us postedSandraVeritas Health Forum Moderator
memerainbolt...thank you very much. I’ve spent a lot of time looking/reading through out this forum’s many topics. I’ve found lots of new info and useful tips. I hope to be well informed/educated on my diagnosis and surgery procedure (s), by the time I meet with my surgeon in 3 weeks. This way I’ll know and/or understand what all he will be telling me. Was shocked to learn of all the things wrong with my back recently, I knew I had a few of the problems (the not so serious ones). I will update as soon as I’m human after surgery (next day probably) and as I continue to recover.
Thank you again, Sara
Makes notes of your questions and concerns so you won't forget anything. On my last surgery, I asked my surgeon before surgery, what meds was he sending me home with and for what length of time, I asked about PT, home health care. what hardware would he be using and why, anything I could think of.Good Luck,Sandra
Thank you for idea about questions to ask. You listed a few I hadn't thought to ask. As I haven't meet/seen my surgeon/medical team in Houston, I will be placing a call to my patient advocate to get those questions asked/answered. I did talk to the surgeon's NP or PA last week, and got answer's to some of my questions. They thought I might have a pars defect from my MRI, so did the X-rays & CT scan. So last week they let me know, that I did not have the pars defect, awesome news. She did tell me, my back has been really bad for a really long time. I told her, started with an trampoline injury 42 years ago as a 10 year old.
Thank you for all your help and info.
Hi everyone! I am scheduled for surgery on November 7th and I am terrified. I am supposed to have ACDF of C 4-7 but just received a message from surgeon's PA that he wants to add posterior surgery to that at the same time. I am unsure about that because there is so little info about it that I can find on the web. I suppose there is enough degeneration there he wants to prevent having to do more surgeries down the line. I will eventually have to have lumbar done as well but we are focusing on the cervical spine for now. I was fitted yesterday for a neck brace but it pushes on my adams apple area and I am not sure I will be able to use it that way. The woman doing the fitting commented she did not have pediatric sizes and my neck is so small that this could be a problem. However she forced it on and cranked it as small as she physically could (with my help). I am unsure I can accomplish that task on my own since it too two of us. Grateful to find this forum and look forward to interacting with ya'll.
Welcome to surgery buddies, it is completely normal to be scared before any surgery, if you weren't I would be worried about you.
Below are a few links that may help you out before surgery. I had the same thing happen when being fitted for a back brace. I am very thin and the brace was way too big. But the rep was determined to make it fit. Like you, he said he did not have a child's size. I told him you better find one, I am not paying for this one. I finally got one but the doctor had to get involved. I hope you can get one that fits.
How to Prep Your Home for Spine Surgery Recovery Postoperative Care for Spinal Fusion SurgeryMaximize the Ability to Heal After Spine Fusion Surgery
Thank you Chip and Sandra! Thank you for the links.
I’m having L4-5 TLIF on 11/7. Doing so much research on what to do before to make it easier when home. Already panicked a bit thinking about pants. I will have a brace, being fitted on Monday. Will be nice to see how big it is, so I know what to look for in comfort clothes. Glad to have found this support and forums.
Good luck to everyone in November ( and later too)
Welcome to Surgery Buddies
Here's a few links that may be helpful
Spinal Fusion Surgery Recovery: 1 to 4 Weeks After
Postoperative Care for Spinal Fusion Surgery,
How to Prep Your Home for Spine Surgery Recovery Video
Practical Advice for Recovering from Back Surgery
Welcome!! I see where Chip sent you some links to read, there is a lot of good information in them. If you need any more, please let us know.
Take care and keep us posted.SandraVeritas Health Forum Moderator
Thank is same procedure/location of my surgery. Prayers for a smooth surgery & recovery!
My favorite color is purple! Besides being Twins with our back surgeries, we will be color twins too.
Sending out loving and kindness to all here!
Hi November Surgery Buddies!
I am finally scheduled for some hardware removal on November 11th. I am fused from T2-S1 but have placement issues with a few of my screws. My surgeon will be removing screws/rods from T8-L2 on my right side. One particular screw issue is at T12/L1 on my right side that decided to shift into soft tissue as it healed. Because my surgeon isn’t sure if my spine is stable enough, I may just wake up with new/replaced hardware. I will be braced for a while after surgery to make sure everything heals correctly. I know I definitely don’t want to fracture my spine again! Been there, done that. After we are comfortable that everything is healed on the right side, we will look at removing T8-L2 on the left side, but that is a wait and see what happens. A lot can happen between now and then. I have a few issues with prioritizing my care, way too much going on, sometimes it just depends on what body part is screaming loudest at the time! Good luck to everyone on their procedures!
Welcome to Nov. Surgery Buddies!! Check out the links below, great reading!!
Maximize the Ability to Heal After Spine Fusion Surgery
My surgery has been scheduled for 11/13. I am having an ACDF at C4/5, C5/6. I have my pre-op apppointment on Monday 11/4. I plan to have a serious discussion with him as to whether or not we should add C6/7 to the plan. I have another post in the forums on this. My concern is that with the extra load that disc is going to take, and that it is already buldging and touching my spinal chord, but not compressing yet that I will be back in surgery for that disc in a short time period. the surgeon also said that even with the 2 disc fusion that I may still have pain from the third disc, but not as much since there is no nerve root compression at that level. I am going to get a second opinion before my surgery date if at all possible. I just know I cannot live with this amount of pain 24/7, and I have a high pain tolerance as I believe most spine patients do.
Good luck to all the other surgery buddies this month. I pray that we all have the best outcome possible!
A second opinion is a very good idea
Welcome to Nov. Surgery Buddies. Like Chip suggested, a second opinion would be a good idea. Below is an article that may help you with questions for your surgeon.
Questions to Ask Your Spine Surgeon Video
Take care and keep us posted.
In 11/7, Having both anterior and posterior cervical fusions: C3-4 and C6-7 front; C3-T1 back. Am a 62 year young middle school math teacher. What should I anticipate in terms of length of rehab, likely post-surgery pain intensity and management...MOST IMPORTANT: realistically how long until I get my life back???
This link may be helpful