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11-11-2004, 04:51 PM
I am scheduled to have surgery next Thursday. Has anyone had surgery recently, Please let me know how you are feeling. I am really nervous about it, everytime I think about it I want to throw up. I am also worried about taking the painkiller, Oxycontin. I have heard that it is highly addictive and is an opiate derivative. Has anyone taken this medication? Please let me know.

11-11-2004, 09:26 PM
lexy, good luck with your surgery next week! i'm sure that everyone who reads your post will send positive thoughts your way. i had surgery 8 weeks ago and i'm doing very well. i didn't have to have a thoracoplasty and they were able to do everything from the back, so i had a much easier surgery (10 hours) than many here on the forum. i was very calm right up until the last day...i hadn't left any preparations for the last minute, so i had the whole day to freak out! walking into the hospital the morning of the surgery wasn't easy, either, but think of it this way; once they "put you under", your work is done for awhile! faith and attitude will pull you through. i imagine oxycontin is saved for pain that doesn't respond to anything else; surely your doctor will try other things first. when i was in the hospital we tried darvocet ('urp') and lortab, but we settled on norco for pain and flexaril for spasms; i take these medications twice a day now and they let me feel and function like a human being. so see as many movies as you can and eat some lovely meals before you are (temporarily) confined. good luck and let us know how you're doing....

11-13-2004, 09:04 PM
Hi Lexy!
I had my surgery not quite 11 months ago. It wasn't the most fun Ive ever had, but it was well worth it as it reduced a thoracolumbar single curve of 52 degrees to nearly nothing.
I was given Vicodin and Valium for pain relief (valium for muscle spasam pain) following my surgery. The side effects eventually started adding up and i had to come off of them except for occasional doses at 2 weeks post op, I was getting along pretty well on Ibuprofen 800's and Flexeril.
I've been told that if you follow the dosage instructions and aren't on these types of meds (narcotics, etc...) for a long time, and you only take them as is absolutely necessary, you aren't at high risk for developing an addiction to them...
If you're still concerned, perhaps you can request alternative pain relief? I mentioned that I had a problem with a particular pain killer in a previous operation (basically, the world didn't stop spinning for a week after I was taken off of it), and they made sure I didn't recieve it this time around.
Best of luck on tuesday!

11-14-2004, 09:17 AM
We will be thinking about you. My
surgery is February 10. After questioning
every nurse, radiologist, Dr. etc, I could
find, Dr. Shelokov comes out at the top
of the Dallas area list. For those of you
who have been infected in a previous
operation, he will open me up on the
10th, take a culture to see if any staph
is left. If infection is found, he cleans area
adds some kind of cement compound, sews up, sends you home with an anti-
biotic drip for 2/3 weeks, then enters
for the final operation. Even after 20 years, one can still have staph spores.
He says this is absolutely necessary, but
some doctors don't still don't do it.
Hopefully, there will be no staph in my
back. kathleen

11-14-2004, 02:15 PM

I'm unclear. Do you have any symptoms of infection? Or, is Dr. Shelokov opening you up just to see if there's infection?


11-14-2004, 09:07 PM
He will be opening my back to take a culture for the
possibility of staph spores. He says even though My
infection was 20 years ago, sometimes spores remain
and become viable with re-entry surgery. I am not now

Originally posted by LindaRacine

I'm unclear. Do you have any symptoms of infection? Or, is Dr. Shelokov opening you up just to see if there's infection?


11-14-2004, 09:29 PM
Hi Kathleen...

I'd like to encourage you to get a second opinion, maybe even from an infectious disease doctor. I've NEVER heard of anyone looking for an infection prophylacticly. Even if you have an infection, why would you look for it if it wasn't causing any trouble?


11-15-2004, 01:17 AM
Hi Lexy:

Oxycontin is just a sustained release form of the same drug that is in Percocets and works very well but in my opinion I have found that the Duragesic patches work great and because you are getting the medication thru the skin at a steady rate the addiction thing is far less than with oral meds. Ask about them for your post op pain control they are awesome and the steady rate takes away the highs and lows that are experienced with oral pain meds - I don't know why more Dr's don't use them because the highs are what get people hooked.


11-17-2004, 11:41 AM
Hi, I'm new to the site and as to your question about the pain
killer, Oxycodine, I was taking it 3 times a day and had no adverse effects except constipation. I now take morphine as
the VA wouldn't give me Oxycodine because of the cost.

For your information, I am a 73 year old widower and am
scheduled to have a spinal fusion at Duke Hospital on 12/1/04.
I had bi-lateral hip replacements in 1994 and after the fact, one leg was shorter than the other. Since 1996 xrays compaired to current ones, my spine has curved 55 degrees. I have lost
3 1/2 inches in my height and can't stand or walk for any time without severe pain. I'm looking and praying for an improved
quality of life.

I would appreciate any feed back on my situation.
Good Luck!

11-17-2004, 12:21 PM
With your surgery date fast approaching, I just wanted you to know that you will be in my thoughts and prayers. I had my scoliosis surgery (only one) at 57 in 1992 and have never been sorry. Actually, you give me hope that revision may not be impossible.

Back to the subject: Good luck Jim, and know that I'm sure there are many of us who will be rooting for you!