View Full Version : Surgery on Tuesday - making last minute preparations at home

08-21-2011, 07:44 AM

Surgery is in two days--scheduled for August 23 at 10:00 a.m.

Called a lady who had the same surgery with the surgeon and I feel a bit better about the upcoming surgery. She was funny--she talked about how post surgery and being constipated--I guess she turned down the "softner" medicine at first as she never had problems like that before. Her words of advice: Take the softner!!! I knew that already, but it was funny as there are many posts about this topic on this forum.

On the other hand, I am a bit lactose intolerant--just give me a couple milk shakes and I think my problem would be solved. :-)

I am pretty much over my disappointment of the surgeon's prediction he will probably get me down to about a 50% curve (some bones are already fused, he doesn't want to break them). I feel his conservative approach will mean less discomfort for me and hopefully a quicker turnaround time. The lady I talked to said she was not in much pain after the surgery and the hospital staff (hospital has a dedicated spinal surgery wing) are very intune with what is needed for the surgery.

Life is an adventure--this should be an interesting one. I do have comfort in that there are many prayer chains with my name in them out there.

08-21-2011, 10:58 AM
I would recommend having a bottle of Magnesium Citrate just in case. Its sold over the counter and looks like a soda bottle. Itís price should be about $1.25.

Do whatever you have to do to avoid constipation.

08-21-2011, 03:45 PM
Thanks Ed! Need to go out to do a bit more shopping--will look for some.

08-21-2011, 04:47 PM
I was thrilled with a 50% reduction in my curves. Obviously, I still have a siginificant lumbar curve, but I look and feel so much better and that horrible, aching pain is gone. My focus was on better health and quality of life rather than the cosmetic aspect. Will be keeping you in my thoughts and prayers on Tues. Wishing you the very best!

08-21-2011, 04:51 PM
Hope that all goes well. I will keep you in my prayers


08-21-2011, 05:35 PM
Wishing you the best possible outcome and a smooth ride through recovery. Looking forward to hearing from you or a family member after surgery!

08-21-2011, 05:41 PM
good luck on tuesday.

08-21-2011, 07:37 PM
Thank you for the kind words and throughts/prayers for Tuesday.

I bought a bottle of Magnesium Citrate and it is in the little suitcase I am bringing with me. I'd rather consume a Wendy's Frosty instead. :-)

This morning I received an email from a friend who offered to run some errands if I needed and then proceeded to tell me how her husband had some back surgery and went on to say how his life was a living hell for fifteen days and the physical therapy was horrible--I think he had just a few bones fused--and something tells me he went to the local hospital instead of a well known spinal surgeon. It unnerved me for a bit, but have said some prayers and kept the words of Wendy, the lady I talked to who had the surgery three months ago (same hospital, same surgeon)...and I get some bravery back.

I found out the hospital will provide one grabber (I'll buy another or two when I get home), some of the other items that help you dress, a walker, etc.

My husband will login and relay the message when I emerge on the other side. I have made him promise not to take a picture of me drooling while I am on the meds and post it on Facebook.

Taking off a few hours early from work tomorrow, grab my suitcase and we will stay at a hotel across the street from the hospital overnight as I do not want to face Baltimore morning commute traffic the morning of the surgery.

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08-21-2011, 08:49 PM
Also sending good thoughts and prayers your way. You will soon be on the healing side. God Bless.

08-21-2011, 09:00 PM
You donít need to take the Mag Citrate with you. The hospital will have everything you need....The Mag Citrate is for after you get home. You will know when to use it if need be.

My hospital didnít want me bringing valuables down as they donít want to be responsible for theft. Best to have your hubby bring down the things you need after you get settled into a room on the orthopedic ward. I brought a cell phone and a change of clothes.

You should have all your meds ready at home per your surgeons orders. Leave them at home.

Your going to do just fine

08-21-2011, 10:49 PM
Wishing you the best of luck for your surgery on Tuesday. I took titaniumed's
advice about having magnesium citrate on hand and found it to be a lifesaver the
15th day after my surgery. It's powerful stuff (sort of a "when it rains it
pours" type of product). The grape flavor actually tastes good, I think. The
past month I've cut in half the oxycodone I take, and found that eating about 8
prunes (really not bad, just like big juicy raisins), half a cup of Fiber One
original cereal (looks like hamster food but it's good mixed with whole almonds
and eaten dry without milk), and an apple everyday have gotten me completely
back to normal in that department. It helps to keep a journal recording
everything, too.

One more word of advice: The day after I got home I called my doctor after
hours because I was having miserable abdominal pain. The doctor on call advised
me to go from 10 mg. oxycodone every 4 hours to 5 mg. every 6 hours. It helped
the abdominal pain but the back pain was really bad the next couple of days
until I called the nurse and she said to go back up to my original dosage of
oxycodone. I shouldn't have waited to call. Better to have pain relief and take
laxatives than to be under-medicated for pain.

Wishing you all the best!

Age 54
Surgery with Dr. Boachie, 7/5/11
Fused T2-T12

08-22-2011, 08:34 PM
I wish you the best for tomorrow, be confident!

08-23-2011, 06:13 AM
Best of luck with your surgery today. I took Ed's recommendation about the Mag. Citrate and was thankful I had it at home. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

08-23-2011, 05:54 PM
This is Dollie's husband Richard. Dollie was in surgery for nearly 8 hours. I spoke with her surgeon and he said he could not get her all the way straight, but she is much straighter than before. Dollie is doing well and I should be able to see her soon.

08-23-2011, 05:58 PM
Thank you for the update, Richard! Let Dollie know we are praying for her.


08-23-2011, 08:05 PM
Yay! She's on our side now! Best of luck in your recovery. It is not easy, but you will get through it and be better off for it. Keep us posted.

08-23-2011, 09:26 PM
Isn't it always lovely to hear from family members? Thank you Richard! Please give our best to Dollie and know she's being thought of from Australia.

08-24-2011, 09:23 AM
Dollie is doing well this morning. She is groggy and out of it from the drugs. Dr. Edwards says she is doing well. They have her in a chair, and she drifts on and off to sleep. She is very weak, but in good spirits.

The Maryland Spine Center and Mercy Hospital are wondeeful to her.

Thanks to all of you for your care and concern.


08-24-2011, 05:18 PM
Glad to hear Dollie's doing well. Sleeping is good, it's really the best thing for her at the moment. Take care of yourself too, try to get some sleep when Dollie's sleeping and eat good, quality food. You're important too!