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Jjohnsonphd
07-20-2016, 04:38 PM
Hi all,

Wow, I first posted at 3 weeks and I have to say there is a substantial mark of improvement from then to now. I slept through my pain med dose at 3am and woke at 5:15 and felt OK. I had anxiety about the trip out today, but it went really well. It took 3 hours total but I took my max dose of pain meds before I left and brought an ice pack and pillow. The nurse called me early to say their scoli x-Ray machine had broken and I would need to go get my x-Ray at another location prior to seeing my surgeon. A bit of a hassle, but I did fine. It was really great to see my surgeon. He is very pleased with how my back looks. He measured my new curves as 16 degrees and 12 degrees. Amazing. He used a new type of titanium rod that he said is stronger. He also used some kind of bracket to keep my neck from bending forward as I get older. I do have hook that is kinda protruding at the top of the incision and is a tender bump. He said I need to fuse but he could go back in at a year and clip it down. No thanks! A bump is fine with me. I am sooooo done with surgery, especially with this eye thing. I will try to figure out how to get my x-ray posted. He is very concerned about my eye/vision complication and wants to hear what the opthamologist says on August 8th. He said I was not laying on my face during surgery as I was in a traction device that held on the sides of my head. He wants me to try to start cutting out one pain pill a day. I will see him in 2 months.

A good day!
Jana

mabeckoff
07-20-2016, 09:40 PM
Glad to hear that things are going okay

Melissa

LindaRacine
07-20-2016, 10:20 PM
Hi all,

Wow, I first posted at 3 weeks and I have to say there is a substantial mark of improvement from then to now. I slept through my pain med dose at 3am and woke at 5:15 and felt OK. I had anxiety about the trip out today, but it went really well. It took 3 hours total but I took my max dose of pain meds before I left and brought an ice pack and pillow. The nurse called me early to say their scoli x-Ray machine had broken and I would need to go get my x-Ray at another location prior to seeing my surgeon. A bit of a hassle, but I did fine. It was really great to see my surgeon. He is very pleased with how my back looks. He measured my new curves as 16 degrees and 12 degrees. Amazing. He used a new type of titanium rod that he said is stronger. He also used some kind of bracket to keep my neck from bending forward as I get older. I do have hook that is kinda protruding at the top of the incision and is a tender bump. He said I need to fuse but he could go back in at a year and clip it down. No thanks! A bump is fine with me. I am sooooo done with surgery, especially with this eye thing. I will try to figure out how to get my x-ray posted. He is very concerned about my eye/vision complication and wants to hear what the opthamologist says on August 8th. He said I was not laying on my face during surgery as I was in a traction device that held on the sides of my head. He wants me to try to start cutting out one pain pill a day. I will see him in 2 months.

A good day!
Jana

Sounds great Jana. So glad to hear that you're feeling a lot better. That 6 week mark is definitely a big mile marker!

--Linda

titaniumed
07-21-2016, 12:28 AM
Very good news Jana...At 6 weeks we are ready to jump out of the nest, and start flapping our wings....

If you look into eye problems after spine surgeries, they will essentially say they are not quite sure, but some blame can lean in the direction of infarction.....or nerve stroke. Infarction is one of the bad words that means blood flow is reduced or cut off. (There was a patient here that had a spinal cord infarction years ago.....) Everyone is worried about nerves (in relation to pain) in scoliosis surgery and blood is equally or more important. We go in on long surgeries and our blood pressure drops and we lose blood. Another reason for staged surgeries. Nerves need blood also....and they also recover in time. Walking is a good thing because it distributes blood and nutrients. Think healing!

I was warned and signed paperwork relating to blindness. Once again, (posting in general) surgery is never something one should jump into without being informed.

I would rather be posting photos of large bunnies.....but I wanted you to know about this I can post links if you want

BTW, you got a good correction!

Hang in there

Ed

jackieg412
07-21-2016, 07:15 AM
So glad you are doing well and I hope the eyesight problem works out to be temporary. Keep up the good work and it is work!

mistybowe
07-21-2016, 10:37 AM
Jana,

So great to hear that you are feeling better and on the mend and that your curve correction was so great. Please keep the group up to speed on your eye issues.

Onward and upward!

Misty

Jjohnsonphd
07-21-2016, 02:06 PM
Thanks for all the well wishes!

Yes Ed, I would love to see any links you have. I have not had much luck finding anything myself. What you say about the infarction makes sense, but how does it happen? What causes the restriction in blood flow? I have so many questions about this and not many answers.

I am still slow and tired. My dr said I should really see a difference in how I feel at 3 months. I am ready for 6 weeks to be here. This recovery is really hard, can I just say that!

Best,
Jana

jackieg412
07-21-2016, 03:37 PM
Yes you are correct it is a hard ,long, difficult process to recover from this surgery. Slowly forward with lots of up and downs. It is difficult without any problems but there is almost no one that gets by without something. Hopefully it is all smooth from here. Please let us know what the doctor says about your eyes.

titaniumed
07-21-2016, 08:35 PM
Jana

Here is some reading material....Once again, self diagnosis is fruitless, but this info will give you a head start....

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3270594/
AION
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anterior_ischemic_optic_neuropathy
POVL Postoperative vision loss
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3275941/

http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/1997/06150/Visual_Loss_as_a_Complication_of_Spine_Surgery__A. 9.aspx

Ed

KathyInIowa
07-23-2016, 07:52 PM
Hi Jana. I'm glad to hear you are feeling better and that you had a good, positive post-op check up. Hang in there! I do hope the vision problem gets better.

Kathy