View Full Version : Anxious--Pre-op is this Wednesday!

05-03-2010, 08:09 AM
My date is getting closer. Pre-op is this Wednesday and surgery is two weeks from today! Think I'm starting to feel what some of you have been describing.?.?.?:eek: I'm sure hoping this works!!

05-03-2010, 08:18 AM
Hi Glenda,

Good luck with everything, and please do post when you can and let us know how you are doing!

Curious, are you having the anterior first, or the posterior? Just curious. I recently had a recommendation for basically the same surgery as you (+/- the anterior part). It's definitely scary.

Take care,

05-03-2010, 10:45 AM
Good luck with your pre-op Glenda - don't worry, everything will be fine. Take one step at a time :)

05-03-2010, 11:34 AM
Gayle -- Can't remember which he said would be first.:confused: Will post after I see Dr Yoon on Wednesday.:)

Lynette -- Thanks for your encouragement. You're sweet to be encouraging me when you're in so much pain yourself. I do hope you get answers from the myleogram tomorrow and something can be done to give you relief very soon.:)

05-03-2010, 04:54 PM
Good luck with everything Glenda...it will be fine and over before you know it and you will be on the road to recovery with the rest of us! Keep your chin up and keep smiling...its all good!


05-03-2010, 05:05 PM
My date is getting closer. Pre-op is this Wednesday and surgery is two weeks from today! Think I'm starting to feel what some of you have been describing.?.?.?:eek: I'm sure hoping this works!!

I know how you feel - even though I have 2 months - I too am getting anxious - I will come and see you - you are strong and hoping that we will both say we wished we had this done a year ago.

05-03-2010, 05:37 PM
Thanks, Rich. Your recent post has encouraged me!:)

Yep, Susan--I do hope we can say we wished we had done it years ago!! So glad to have you going thru this with me.:)

Reading everyone's experiences on this forum, both good and not so good, are so helpful in knowing at least some of what we might expect either way.


05-03-2010, 06:35 PM
No problem Glenda, from your signature it sounds like your surgery is basically identical to mine. You'll do great, just don't have a cow when the first few days post-op are tough....they will be, but everyone on this forum prepared me for that and knowing that would be the case helped me deal with it when it happened. Before you know it you'll be up and around and feeling so much better. Just keep a positive attitude and it will all work out fine.


05-03-2010, 07:30 PM
Rich -- It does look almost exactly the same. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I'm really dreading that second surgery three days after the first. Which of your surgeries was done first, the anterior or posterior? In most cases I've read, it seems the anterior was first. I can't remember what my surgeon told me about which would actually be first for me.


Actually, Rich I'm going back and reading your threads and got the answer to my anterior/posterior question. Will keep reading......

05-03-2010, 09:53 PM
Good luck with your Pre-op >Everything will be fine


05-06-2010, 05:36 PM
Made it through pre-op yesterday. All went really well. I'm looking forward to getting May 17 and 20 behind me and move toward healing.:eek::D

Thanks to all of you for your support!:)

05-07-2010, 12:21 AM
Glenda-Wish you well with your surgery.I had anterior first than posterior.I had all the same symptoms as you pre-op.After anterior surgery my leg and hip pain was gone.

05-07-2010, 07:32 AM
Thanks for your encouragement, Sheri. I will be having the anterior first also. How many days were between your first and second surgeries? How did you feel in-between? I fear I'm going to become anxious between the two surgeries. Hopefully, I'll be on so many drugs I won't care.

So good to hear your leg and hip pain were gone after surgery.:) I'm praying mine is gone as well.


05-07-2010, 06:19 PM
Glenda,I had the first surgery on mon.I felt pretty good.Had 2nd surgery Thrus.It was tough but glad I did it.I was nervous for the surgery. They gave me something that helped keep me relaxed, but I dont remember what its called.

05-07-2010, 08:06 PM
Thanks Sheri -- maybe they'll give me something too.

05-08-2010, 09:41 AM

Everything will work out just fine. It's possible with such a short amount of time between surgeries you will remain 'cathetered' and on IV pain meds. Less for you to deal with if that's the case, but even if it's not, you'll still do well!

We'll be thinking of you on both days!

05-08-2010, 09:51 PM
Psychologists speak of approach-avoidance conflicts so much the term has entered the lexicon. It's good to remember this human tendency as surgery draws near, nearer - the internal conflicts DO get worse.

You decided on this step in a calm state of mind, after weighing all the pros and cons for you. We have to make important decisions rationally. It's definitely a cost:benefit issue and we need to listen to reason - our own. If we all listened to our fears especially at the last minute when they're bound to be loudest, we'd never go through anything involving risk - however necessary.

Having said that, I'm reminded that Dr Lenke's nurse emphasized to me repeatedly (to be encouraging), how often cancellations come up at the last moment - for surgery. NOT for consults!
I wonder what that means. Some patients must indeed change their minds at the last minute!

I hope to hell I'm not one of them. (Sometimes I think I should change my log-in name lest it be prophetic! :o) I sure wish I'd trusted my gut feeling to cancel my marriage right beforehand (Talk about gut feelings! I landed in the hospital with excruciating stomach pains, never diagnosed. Now I realize they were psychosomatic - my way of warning myself I was about to make the worst mistake of my life!)

But having thoroughly digressed, I return to the difference. This is NOT a decision involving a lot of passion, like falling in love.

Glenda, your feelings are entirely natural. They may well get worse. But this is a rational decision and you made it in your right mind. That means it's right for you. The odds are overwhelmingly in your favor, and chances are like so many, you'll only wish you 'd done it sooner. Take some deep breaths when you feel that panic, and remind yourself of your good sense behind this decision. Trust it. And your excellent surgeon!


05-09-2010, 02:18 PM
Thanks Julie and Back-Out for your words of encouragement. :)

I appreciate your words of wisdom Back-Out. I do feel the odds are in my favor and I know my situation is only going worsen without intervention. I have received some excellent feedback on my surgeon and on the Emory Orthopaedic and Spine Hospital. As you mentioned, I'll just be glad when I am able to look back and say, I only wish I had done it sooner.