View Full Version : FINALLY set a surgery date

06-07-2010, 06:02 AM
Hey guys, i havent really been on here in a while, but thought i would let you know i have a pre op appointment in St. Louis on Aug. 9, and the surgery is set for Sept. 16. Even though I have two pretty major curves, Dr. Bridwell want to fuse T11- sacrum.

06-07-2010, 06:13 AM
hey mike
congratulations on your decision....it's been awhile that you've been considering surgery, if i recall correctly...

are you having minimally invasive approach?

i need same levels fused...is your surgeon going to need to anchor to pelvis?

wishing you uneventful and smooth procedure and healing...


06-07-2010, 06:30 AM
It will be here before you know it! It seems like a long way off, but will be here fore you can blink an eye. You'll so be so glad when it is behind you.


Debra JGL
06-07-2010, 06:30 PM
That's great you have your date, now you can move into getting ready for surgery mode. I'm hoping to set a date as well soon. I gather your doc feels your upper curve is compensatory (?). Lucky you, you may be on your way to 7':-) I would love an inch or so myself (only 5') but that would really be a perk.


06-08-2010, 07:44 PM
Congrats on making the decision!

I can personally attest to Dr Bridwell and his nurse, Bernie, being wonderful to deal with. I was actually scheduled to be fused by him next week, but then we had to fight with our insurance company...and we are still fighting.

Will they be using BMP on you? Has your insurance company given you any problems with approving it? Will you be driving to St Louis or flying?


06-08-2010, 07:56 PM
Congrats on the decision! That is a major step.

I'm scheduled to see Dr. Bridwell later this month. I noticed you are travelling from Ohio. Did he give you a schedule on how many trips you'll need to make to St. Louis? And do you mind if I ask if you're driving or flying? I'm just trying to fathom which would be easier post-surgery.


06-08-2010, 08:02 PM

Sounds good... I will never forget that day. It took me a long..... long.... time to set my surgical dates. 34 years.

Try not to worry, your going to do just fine.
Donít be a stranger

06-09-2010, 10:56 AM
Congrats on getting a surgery date. I actually drove over from Indy to St Louis this past Sunday and had my first appointment with Dr. Bridwell Monday morning. Had lots of xrays and may be having surgery Aug 31 or September. Bernie needs to confirm a date with Dr B. I feel very comfortable with him doing the surgery. I have to get a couple tests done in Indy (Bone Density, Pulmonary Function) and he's waiting for some surgical notes from my Indy surgeon who did my spondylolisthesis fusion in Jan '09. At this point he thinks I will be fused from T3 or 4 to sacrum. Bernie said there will be 3 visits to St Louis before surgery and I've already had one.

06-09-2010, 05:08 PM
Good for you that you're moving ahead with this while you're young. It will make healing easier and faster. It will be here and over with before you know it. Best wishes!

06-09-2010, 05:17 PM
Good for you that you set a date.
Now you can move forward


06-09-2010, 05:27 PM
good luck with your surgery

06-09-2010, 06:02 PM
Hey thanks everybody! Ya, Dr. Bridwell and Bernie have been great to work with. I had to reschedule my surgery from Sept. 2 to the 16th, and it was no problem. I have been there twice already, and I have to go one more time before surgery, on Aug. 9. We have driven each time for these pre-op appointments, and I think we'll drive out for surgery, but I'm really considering getting a plane ticket home. I really can't imagine sitting up in a car for 8 hours on the trip home. Actually I'm sure it would turn into a 2 day trip home so I could rest my back.
As far as insurance goes, well, hmmmm. I am self employed, and of course I cant get traditional insurance because of my pre-existing condition b eing scoliosis. I have been on a discount plan for the last few years. I was just accepted for, I guess you could call it normal insurance about a month ago with Assurant Health. They have been really great so far, but theres a 12 month waiting period on pre-existing conditions. Unless, I have been insured for 16 months prior to the effective date of Assurant. Im waiting on an answer from them saying whether or not I have to wait the 12 months. If I do, Ill be using my discount plan, and Ill most likely be in MAJOR debt for the rest of my life. I really cant imagine dealing with this pain for another year.

Wow, I have never typed this much on here...