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Peachy
01-19-2009, 08:21 PM
After months of waiting and bouts of whining, my surgery is tomorrow! Inauguration Day, how's that for planning?

Hubby and I have been in NY since last week for me to complete all my pre-op tests and various doctor visits. It's been horribly cold with some snow on and off. I've tried to stay in as much as possible, to avoid crowds and try to stay well. I even actually wore a surgical mask on the plane up here (got lots of stares), but all was to no avail. This morning my nose began to run, and now I have a full-fledged cold. Ugh!

I have to be at Hospital for Special Surgery at 6 a.m. for 8 a.m. surgery. Dr. Boachie plans to fuse T-3 to S-1, posterior first, then an XLIF for the anterior. That's where they'll go in through small incisions on my side to get into the lumbar area to install tiny "cages" that contain some of my bone (from my ribs) and some BMP. Dr. B said that after the posterior (approx. 4 hours) is complete, they will evaluate me to see if I'm stable enough to go on with the XLIF (which should be another 6 hours). I'm really hoping that it will all be done tomorrow.

We had tried to get together with "Debbei" and her hubby while we were up here, but it just didn't work out. Hopefully, we can see them after I get out of rehab, this is, if I'm in any shape to see anyone. Debbe is going to be my contact with the forum, so I won't have to rely on my hubby to post. He says, "You want me to do WHAT?"

I had such encouraging calls from Cathie (bsprings) and Janet. Thanks, guys!
And thanks to everyone on the forum, even those of you I've not actually posted with. You've still helped me by putting your experiences on the forum, and all this helped me finally get to this day.

Peachy (Anne)

theizzard
01-19-2009, 10:12 PM
Oh Peachy, good luck to you. I am a week behind you and if I do ok with my pre-op tests this coming Friday, I will have surgery next Wednesday finishing up on Feb. 10th, because that's how Dr. Rand does those surgeries. I am excited for you and send positive and healthy vibes to you especially to get rid of that nasty cold. All the best at 6 in the morning. these docs are not human I swear....
Good luck and report in when you are able.
avis

discombobulated
01-20-2009, 01:46 AM
Peachy,

I hope I'm not too late to send you best wishes for an uneventful surgery & a recovery that's as smooth as can be. I really hope that both surgeries can be done all in one day for you. I'll be thinking much of you & will keep watch for any news that Debbe posts (thanks, Debbe!). Time zones just boggle me, so I'm not sure when it is in relation to your surgery, but I plan (hope!) to be awake to watch Obama's Inauguration live here (about 3am! - coverage starting at 1am, not sure if I'll be up for that part! :eek: ). So, know that you'll have groggy well wishes sent your way around that time all the way from Oz ;)



Avis - in case the Valium-brain makes me miss your posts closer to the time - best wishes for your surgery, too. :)

Susie*Bee
01-20-2009, 05:19 AM
Peachy-- I am obviously too late but you can read this later I guess... it's a little after 6 a.m. here and we're in the same time zone, so you are already there. I'm thinking of you and praying that it will be a very successful surgery. I just know you'll do well and have lots of wonderful stories to share when you are able. Gentle hugs, healing thoughts and wishes, Susie

debbei
01-20-2009, 08:03 AM
Anne,

you are and will be in my thoughs all day. I have Allen's ## here just in case he forgets later. I have faith that things will go perfectly for you, I just know it.

Love,

loves to skate
01-20-2009, 02:21 PM
Anne,
You are in my thoughts and prayers. Sally

titaniumed
01-20-2009, 02:51 PM
Anne
You are in the thick of it right now as I type this.
immense thoughts and prayers .................................................. .....
no comedy today
Ed

JenniferG
01-20-2009, 03:27 PM
Anne, best wishes from Australia. Thinking of you today and hoping for the very best possible outcome and recovery for you.

Doodles
01-20-2009, 07:09 PM
Anne--I hope at this point your doctors are successfully finishing up with the surgery. I've seen your name here but just started posting and have my surgery March 30 so I'm following these very carefully. Very best luck to you and prayers for a good recovery. Inaguration day surgery!--really new beginnings! Janet

debbei
01-20-2009, 08:35 PM
I just got off the phone with Anne's husband. The Dr. said she's doing FINE and is stable. They got to the hospital at 5:30, surgery was scheduled for 8:00, but she was wheeled in at 8:15. The posterior surgery took 7 hours, and the anterior 4 hours. She received 3 units of blood. Fortunately, for the anterior, they were able to go in laparoscopically. Her husband wasn't able to see her yet, but would be able to in an hour. He said that Dr. B looked tired. I would imagine he would after an 11 hour surgery!!

Alan will update me when he can. I'm so thrilled for Anne!!

JenniferG
01-20-2009, 10:15 PM
Thank goodness it's over! So glad she's fine and stable and IT'S OVER!

Eleven hours of intense work, it's a long day for the surgeon.

Looking forward to news of Anne's recovery.

JenniferG
01-20-2009, 10:16 PM
I meant to say, thanks Debbei, for the update!

Nancy Joy
01-20-2009, 10:21 PM
Hi Anne~

Well, as others, you will definitely not see this in time but my thoughts and prayers are with you. So glad it is over and you can start "the other side" as we say!!!

discombobulated
01-21-2009, 02:33 AM
Much thanks for the update, Debbe.

Very relieved Anne is out & stable, & the anterior could be done laparoscopically - hope that makes pain much less than expected & recovery a whole lot smoother.

Best wishes to Anne & Alan. Look forward to any possible updates (thanks again, Debbe). :)

Louisse
01-21-2009, 02:45 AM
thanks for the updates Debbe
best wishes to Ann and Alan - great to hear of another successful scoli surgery. All the best for a smooth recovery.
Louisse

NotReadyYet
01-21-2009, 02:28 PM
Dear All,

I am soooo happy I found you :)

I am a 55 year old woman who has been in significant pain for over 2 years now. I was never diagnosed with scoliosis until 2002. I had an incident 2 years ago and since then I have seen many many doctors from local orthopedic surgeons to the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia who eventually sent me to Dr. Boachi. I have an S curve with 48 degree upper and 41degree lower.

I am scheduled for Spinal Fusion T4 - S1 surgery on April 14, 2009 with Dr Boachi at Hospital for Special Surgery NYC.

I have heard nothing but wonderful things about HSS and Dr. Boachi but I am terrified and NotReadyYet because I don't know what to expect.

1. Do I need to be concerned about Insurance?
2. What should I do now to prepare? During the last 2 years I have done little exercise and have gained weight.
3. What about blood donations? Do I have to do that now for April? How much and how often?
4. How much pain is it after the surgery?
5. What can I expect to be like once I get home? Do I need a bed downstairs? Do I need constant care or can I be alone?
6. Will I really be taller? :p

I will keep watch on Peachy and wish her the very best.

debbei
01-21-2009, 02:39 PM
Dear All,

I am soooo happy I found you :)

I am a 55 year old woman who has been in significant pain for over 2 years now. I was never diagnosed with scoliosis until 2002. I had an incident 2 years ago and since then I have seen many many doctors from local orthopedic surgeons to the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia who eventually sent me to Dr. Boachi. I have an S curve with 48 degree upper and 41degree lower.

I am scheduled for Spinal Fusion T4 - S1 surgery on April 14, 2009 with Dr Boachi at Hospital for Special Surgery NYC.

I have heard nothing but wonderful things about HSS and Dr. Boachi but I am terrified and NotReadyYet because I don't know what to expect.

1. Do I need to be concerned about Insurance?
2. What should I do now to prepare? During the last 2 years I have done little exercise and have gained weight.
3. What about blood donations? Do I have to do that now for April? How much and how often?
4. How much pain is it after the surgery?
5. What can I expect to be like once I get home? Do I need a bed downstairs? Do I need constant care or can I be alone?
6. Will I really be taller? :p

I will keep watch on Peachy and wish her the very best.


Hi,

Welcome. I found this place about last May, and had surgery in October. I'll try to answer some of your questions, feel free to ask as many as you need to:

1. Do I need to be concerned about Insurance?
Do you have out of network coverage? I went to see Dr. B also, and spoke with Teresa, his billing person. She told us that our insurance (an Aetna plan) would probably pay well, but I ended up selecting another NY doctor for various reasons. I'd recommend talking to her asap.

2. What should I do now to prepare? During the last 2 years I have done little exercise and have gained weight.
During my 4 or 5 months prior to surgery, I did as much aerobic exercise as I could stand, plus muscle strengthening for arms, legs, abs & back. It's important to go in as strong as you can because during recovery you lose a lot of strength. Plus, you will count on arms to help you roll over, legs for squatting, etc. Good aerobic capability is always good prior to surgeries.

3. What about blood donations? Do I have to do that now for April? How much and how often?
You don't have to but can if you wish. My husband, son and I each donated one pint (we're all the same type) one week before surgery. If you do it all yourself, I think you start a month ahead of time. You should ask Dr. B's office about this if you want to do it.

4. How much pain is it after the surgery?
I won't lie--it's not a walk in the park, but it wasn't as horrible as I expected. For me, the pain meds worked pretty well. I remember only one night in the hospital crying because it hurt so bad, and that's the night I was alone without a private nurse. Once I got the private nurse, she was able to stay on top of everything and I was more comfortable.

5. What can I expect to be like once I get home? Do I need a bed downstairs? Do I need constant care or can I be alone?
I didn't need a bed downstairs, although others do get them. I had my parents with me for 2 months. I'd say after one month, I could have been on my own ok, but I have 3 kids and they kept control of my house. I was very lucky. :)

6. Will I really be taller? :p

YES!! That's the best part :) I gained almost 2 inches.


****

You might want to start a new thread with any new questions so that others see them too. Like I said, ask anything you want. I sure did, even when I was embarassed sometimes. The people here are the best.

Nancy Joy
01-22-2009, 12:12 AM
I would like to just add a couple of views. I too lost my abililty to do exercise (for a year ahead) and that was a big reason I wanted surgery- if I couldn't do aerobics or strength excercise, which I loved to do, how was I going to keep the rest of me healthy? I kept reading what others were doing for exercise to get ready and thinking- well, if I could do that, I wouldn't have surgery yet. I just had to go the way I was and I was fine.

Also, my bedroom is on the 2nd floor and you will have physical therapy at the hospital and be able to do stairs before you come home. I was relieved (and I asked ahead of time) as there really isn't room on our main floor for a bed. All worked out just fine.

I understand your apprehension but I was happy they could finally do something for me after years of suffering. Good luck and I am glad you joined us.

pmsmom
01-22-2009, 11:43 AM
I just got off the phone with Anne's husband. The Dr. said she's doing FINE and is stable. They got to the hospital at 5:30, surgery was scheduled for 8:00, but she was wheeled in at 8:15. The posterior surgery took 7 hours, and the anterior 4 hours. She received 3 units of blood. Fortunately, for the anterior, they were able to go in laparoscopically. Her husband wasn't able to see her yet, but would be able to in an hour. He said that Dr. B looked tired. I would imagine he would after an 11 hour surgery!!

Alan will update me when he can. I'm so thrilled for Anne!!

Please send my good wishes to them, too, Debbei!

I've been away for several days, so I'm just getting to this now on Thursday.

I'm so happy for Anne that things worked out for her to be able to get the surgery!

Marian

debbei
01-23-2009, 07:46 PM
Anne's hubby jut called again. She got into her regular room yesterday, and last night she was in bad pain and couldn't find the call button tfor the nurse, the poor dear. So this morning, they gave her lots of pain & nerve meds, and Alan thought they over-did it because she was very groggy. But the good news is today she stood up!! WHOOHOO Anne! He said they must have gotten a good correction because he could tell that she was taller already.

She'll probably be in another week. I hope to go see her when she's in the rehab.

pmsmom
01-26-2009, 07:21 AM
Anne's hubby jut called again. She got into her regular room yesterday, and last night she was in bad pain and couldn't find the call button tfor the nurse, the poor dear. So this morning, they gave her lots of pain & nerve meds, and Alan thought they over-did it because she was very groggy. But the good news is today she stood up!! WHOOHOO Anne! He said they must have gotten a good correction because he could tell that she was taller already.

She'll probably be in another week. I hope to go see her when she's in the rehab.

Thanks for keeping us posted Debbei. Please tell Anne's dh that when he's able to pass along our thoughts and prayers to her!

Marian

JenniferG
01-26-2009, 03:43 PM
Poor thing not being about to find the call button! I think I would start calling out. Terrible to suffer like that for a whole night. :eek:

Let's hope the remainder of your recovery experience is much better, Anne!

theizzard
01-27-2009, 05:53 AM
i am glad to hear she's through it and she's taller already.
avis

Peachy
01-28-2009, 04:15 PM
I'm still alive! Surgery was 1/20 and today is 1/28; I don't know if that's considered 8 or 9 days. I won't lie; it's been really rough, but things are starting to look better. Today's the first day that I've been pretty much pain-free, so I'll try to post something through my drug-induced stuphor.

There are a few changes to Alan's earlier reporting. Surgery actually lasted 13 1/2 hours from time I entered OR until time I was rolled out and into ICU. I needed two more units of blood later, making it a total of five. I had not donated any blood. Oh, the bad cold that I had the day before surgery had completely disappeared when I arrived at the hospital! God is so good!

All my doctors and nurses are fantastic. Hospital is great; even the food is good. I was in ICU almost 3 days, then moved to a semi-private room. Private rooms with a river view cost an extra $950 per night, so that obviously was out of the question. My room had a window next to a wall of another building. A couple of nights later, the nice Charge Nurse had an opening in another room right on the river, and he moved me in there, so now I have a great view also...and all my roommates have been so nice.

Will stop for now. Thanks again to all. You mean so much to me!

Love, Peachy (Anne)

Susie*Bee
01-28-2009, 05:17 PM
Anne-- how wonderful to hear from you! I'm so glad you are able to think well enough to post. It sounds like all is going well. Yes, it is rough, but it does get better. Thanks so much for writing. Sending gentle hugs and prayers your way... :) Susie

pmsmom
01-28-2009, 05:56 PM
I'm glad it worked out for you, Peachy!

Now just work on getting better! :)

Marian

JenniferG
01-28-2009, 08:22 PM
So great to hear from you. We can tell you're doing just fine, after the initial bumps. When have they said you'll be going home? Are you walking each day? Are all the tubes and lines out now?

Questions only to be answered when you're up to it, ok?!

CHRIS WBS
01-29-2009, 09:26 AM
So happy to read that you made it through your surgery without any serious complications, Anne. Itís a rough one alright. Wishing you well in the days ahead as you recover. God bless. Chris

debbei
01-29-2009, 01:45 PM
she sounds wonderful, not the least bit loopey! Tomorrow she will be moved to a rehab facility for at least 7 days. She had another medication adjustment recently and seems to be doing much better. I told her that at 2 weeks the pain gets somewhat better.

She can't wait for a real shower. I can't blame her, that's what makes you feel most human after such an experience. :)

discombobulated
01-31-2009, 03:52 AM
Anne,

So glad to hear you're doing great & being treated well :) It's so great that you feel up to writing - thanks for keeping us posted! (and, thanks to you, too, Debbe - not sure how I missed your last update on Anne :-\ )


Take care, Anne - plenty of meds, plenty of rest, & no doubt plenty of PT...you'll be better than new soon ;) I hope recovery is smooth & swift for you :)

LynnMarie74
01-31-2009, 08:06 AM
I feel bad for not writing sooner.....Im so happy to hear that Anne's surgery went well. I see she lost lots of blood as well....her 5 total I think, me 6....that truly is a lot of friggin blood!:eek:

Debbe-thanks for posting for her...its nice that everyone here looks out for each other. This site is truly a god send! :)

NotReadyYet
01-31-2009, 05:00 PM
I've been waiting on pins and needles to hear how you were doing since I will be going through the same thing in a couple of months. It is great to hear you are doing ok. I'll be waiting each time to hear more about your recovery but wishing you the very very best.