View Full Version : Last visit with the doctor before surgery on Oct. 26th...

10-20-2010, 11:10 AM
Just saw Dr. Geck for our final consultation. I don't think I've ever met a more confident, calm, PATIENT surgeon, and although I'm still terrified, I'm slightly less so now. He said he'd decided to fuse from T11 to S1 with no pelvic fixation, using cobalt-chromium rods and titanium screws (I think of it as "getting chromed" ... nice!).

It's all going to be done posteriorly, with the lumbar portion entirely open since he has to realign the the listhesis and do an interbody fusion where the disc is flat. The proximal end will be mostly minimally invasive but also posterior, so I'll end up with a 7 cm lumbar incision and maybe a 4 cm one at T11-12. That doesn't sound so bad at all!

He answered most of my questions before I could even ask them, so I ended up with very few - mostly about flexibility afterward, when my son could come see me after surgery, what type of pain medication they use (Dilaudid), when I can get up & walk. Went over complications and consent forms. Now all I have to do is go to the hospital for the pre-op testing, and I'll be all set .... WHERE'S THE XANAX! Aaaaah!

No, seriously, I'm okay!

10-20-2010, 01:17 PM
Good luck on the 26th! We'll be thinking of you and sending good karma!

10-20-2010, 03:12 PM
Thanks, Lisa! :) I need all the good karma I can get!

10-20-2010, 05:06 PM
You sound really good Kitty! This is the hardest time and you're getting through it well. Best wishes on the 26th!

10-20-2010, 05:25 PM
Good luck on the 26th. It sounds like you're ready. It's normal to be nervous! I'm already not sleeping at night.

10-20-2010, 06:48 PM
@ Jennifer - Thank you! I think I'm in denial ... the best way to get through it so far. I'll do all my falling apart after they knock me out!

@ Karen - Me, nervous? Naaahhhyyeeeaaahhh. What's "sleep"? :D

Thanks for your support, ladies! It's hard to believe the time is almost here.

10-20-2010, 08:58 PM
Best wishes, Juliet! It's great to have a confident, calm surgeon!!


10-20-2010, 10:15 PM
It sure is, Evelyn ... especially if you're as nervous as I am. One of us has to be calm, and it's probably not going to be me. ;) He knew I had to get this done in October, so he canceled a clinical day to fit me in .... what a great guy!

10-20-2010, 11:56 PM

Looking forward to hearing from you from the other side. I'm a little jealous...

Some time you can tell us why you are a "Bad Kitty"

(Just trying to distract you.;))

All the best to you.

10-21-2010, 09:41 AM
Thank you, Amy! My decision was easy after I found out (1) my back was going downhill fast, and at my age it won't get any better, and (2) I found the right doctor. Once I made up mind, it was a given, and the only thing that has me worried is the period of helplessness and pain. I hate helplessness! And I'm not too crazy about pain either.

Now I'm just looking forward to being able to do things I haven't been able to do - from cleaning floors to going to the mall to riding roller coasters. Yes! My doctor said there's no reason I can't still go wild on Millenium Force once I'm healed. Absolutely amazing.

"BadKitty" is in memory of my bad kitty, Toby - who was actually a wonderful kitty with a mind of his own (if you get my drift).

Good luck with your decision! It was the hardest part for me (so far).

10-21-2010, 10:41 AM
Good luck on the 26th! You'll be in our thoughts and prayers!

10-21-2010, 03:21 PM
Wishing you both the best. My surgery isn't until Dec. 7. I'll be thinking about you on your special dates, which occur before mine. Keep us all posted. I love to read the "on the other side" postings.

10-21-2010, 03:51 PM
Thanks, Sandie! I'm counting on those prayers.

@ Backissues - I'll be posting as soon as I can manage.I wonder if the hospital has wireless? Hmmmmm .... Well, if not I'll try to keep a journal and fill everyone in on the adventure. See ya!

10-21-2010, 05:20 PM
Good luck to you Juliet. I hope to meet up with you at Brack. I am glad to hear you are having the shorter surgery. I wish I could say the same, but know the longer procedure is what I need to do. I will be titanium. I met with the anesthesiologist today. After he went through the list of possible complications, I asked him if he had any good news. He laughed and said I can look forward to having a straighter back. We have to have humor during these times!! Sleep is an unknown concept at this time! See ya soon.

10-21-2010, 07:44 PM
Thanks, Chris! And good luck to you, too. That's what keeps me feeling optimistic, the thought of being straighter and without pain all the time (eventually!). And most of all, putting a stop to the degenerative process that the scoliosis set into motion. Maybe I'll even be a couple of inches or so taller!

It has to be rough on you, having two surgeries in such a short period of time. You're tough! Hang in there, okay? We'll both be on the other side, and things can only get better after that.

What to do about insomnia: Stay up REALLY LATE. The perfect opportunity to finish that book you've been trying to read. (I can't sleep either!)

10-21-2010, 08:15 PM
I'll be thinking of both of you on your surgery dates. You will soon be straighter and taller.

10-21-2010, 08:15 PM
You are too cool! Hit the mark on feelings! Good luck to you. Can't wait to meet you!.

10-21-2010, 08:20 PM
Thanks Karen. Appreciate your support!