View Full Version : I have a surgery date!

12-04-2007, 04:17 PM
Feb 5th, 2008 at Methodist with Dr. Darrell Hanson (man, I really, REALLY like him!). He spent the better part of 2 hours answering my 1000 questions, and I'm still puzzled why some have been so put off by his bedside manner. I suppose it truly is just a matter of personal preference.

Posterior approach, T5-L1 with vitallium 6 mm rods and titanium screws.

1 pint blood donation, no thoracoplasty (I didn't *want* it, and he was going to try to dissuade me, anyway ;-), and bone grafting will be a combo of scraped and probably 1 unit of BMP.

Because I have a history of MRSA, we agreed on Bactrim the week prior - and Vancomycin afterwards. With my extreme tolerance to pain meds (4 years of pain mgmt was basically an exercise in futility for me) he'll set me up soon with a pain mgmt specialist to make a plan for big guns on coming home.

I'm so excited, but it REAL! Ack! REAL! :eek:


12-04-2007, 04:25 PM
That's so exciting to have the date set-- and wonderful that you like your doctor so much! And that's nice that you only have to do a pint of blood. Boy, when the date gets set is when you really start feeling the "YIKES!" buoyed by the excitement of FINALLY getting it dealt with! The time will be here before you know it, and you'll do great! :)

12-04-2007, 08:08 PM
Congratulations on having a date Pam! It really makes it so much more "real" when you finally get one.

With your spunk, I know you'll do just great! :)

12-04-2007, 08:34 PM
Hi Pam,

I'm glad you have your date now and it's great that you like your surgeon so much!

I agree with Lori that you'll come through with flying colors. And we are all here to support you!

12-05-2007, 10:32 AM
Congrats on picking a date. Just remember to treat yourself very kindly in the coming months, keep exercising, and don't be afraid to ask for support when you need it. You'll do great!


12-05-2007, 12:17 PM
One of the bigger reliefs with this surgery is finally picking a date, and now that's behind you! And to find a doctor who will sit with you for two hours is quite a find indeed!

I wish you the best in the coming months as you prepare your home, your body, your mind, your family and friends....we'll be here for you to answer any questions and for reassurance!