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04-09-2009, 01:41 PM
Hey everyone,

Had my pre-op today and am a little disappointed that I am back to having two surgeries instead of one. My doc feels that he will get a better correction this way. So the first surgery is still April 15th and the second one will be a week later on April 22. What the heck!!!!!!

The nerves have set in and my stomach is in knots. He did prescribe Ambien for me so I can get some sleep though over the next few days...thank god!

Hope everyone is doing well and feeling great!

04-09-2009, 01:58 PM
Good luck on your surgeries!!! Things will be fine. Hopefully the meds he has prescribed helps!! I know how ya feel, with the two surgeries! I had one a year ago...depending on what we learn next week will depend on if I have to have another one! Errr. :mad: At least yours will be back to back and so you will recover all at once. Unlike if they did surgery on me again...I will be yet another year behind! lol Will be thinking of you!! Good luck! Keep us updated on how things go for ya! :D

04-09-2009, 02:47 PM
[QUOTE=asccbodypro;74503]Hey everyone,

Had my pre-op today and am a little disappointed that I am back to having two surgeries instead of one. My doc feels that he will get a better correction this way. QUOTE]

I'm sorry to hear your disappointing news. One thing I find interesting as I read through this forum is that doctors do things so differently. You are having your first surgery in a week and just got the doctor's decision about his approach.

I will be having an appointment April 27 (about 9 weeks pre-op) and that is when I am going to hear the news about whether the doctor wants to do a posterier-only, A/P all on one day, or two separate surgeries like you are having. I don't know if 9 weeks is such a good idea to wait (and worry) but that's the way my doc does it.

I have heard that many people have two surgeries and the results were very successful. I'm sure yours will be too. I will be thinking about you and looking forward to hearing from you in the weeks ahead.

04-09-2009, 05:26 PM
Hey Susan - sorry to hear this!

Call me later tonight so we can chat. Thinking of you!!

Rach ;)

04-09-2009, 05:55 PM
Susan-- this is one of those times when you have to trust your surgeon's expertise and wisdom through it all. If he thinks that is what you need, then it's good he's saying so, even though you are disappointed. There are so many who go through A/P surgeries and you will have to absorb some strength from their stories... they are doing fine now. You are a strong person and you will make it through this-- and be an even stronger person for having done so. Sending hugs and encouragement-- Susie

04-09-2009, 06:00 PM

I am not sure why he changed his mind. He had told me in the very beginning as he looked closer at my case his original plan could change. It is a military facility and things tend to be handled a little bit differently that in a civilian/private hospital. His very first plan was 2 surgeries and then it went to 1 and now back to 2 because he wants to use the XLIF approach with me and thinks he will have success in doing so.

I figure it is his job to worry about particulars lol. On one hand I am happy not to have to be under for so long but on the other hand, I don't want 2 surgeries. I guess if it works better than that's that! I am feeling completely wiped out 2night. I am sure many of you can relate!!!!

Also, I must add that I feel very lucky that this is a military facility due to the lack of limitations with insurance coverage. He is using all the best methods and material and I can't really ask for more than that. As you said earlier it's amazing all the different approaches. Some doc's feel confident using particular approaches vs. other approaches. My doc said he wants to fix my curve the best way for me the first time and will use whatever method available to occomplish that. Ya for me:O)

RACHEL: Will chat with u 2night!:D

Take care everyone!

04-10-2009, 07:54 AM
I'm sorry to hear you are having two surgeries. Will you go home or stay in the hospital the whole time? I wish you could take your computer, I want to know how you are doing.

I am a nervous wreck! With the stomach pains, stress headaches and just general nerves are wearing thin onall of us. It helped knowing your stomache is in knots too.

My pre op was at the hospital and just routine lab, ekg and paperwork...oh yeah co-pays. :p

Good luck!

04-11-2009, 07:10 AM
[QUOTE=Susie*Bee;74526]Susan-- this is one of those times when you have to trust your surgeon's expertise and wisdom ....


You are so right and that is what I am goin to do. Just getting nervous now, but as we all know short term pain for long term gain! I think my lack of sleep has played into my nervousness. I am catching up a bit and my outlook is much better:O) Thank you for the encouragement, you are wonderful!

04-11-2009, 07:16 AM

You asked if I was staying in the hospital the whole time. Nope! Two days and thats it. Naturally I was very surprised and my doc laughed and said by two days I would be ready and wanting to go home and feels that I will get much more rest....barring any complications of course and assumming that my pain in controlled well. As far as the stomach. Big time knots and nerves oh ya! However, I have caught up on my sleep a little bit and I find my outlook is always much more positive when I am well rested. I don't function well with little to no sleep! I am so lucky that I don't have to worry about co-pays seeing how we are military....there's a plus right out of the gate. Take care and good luck. I hope your nerves sub-side a little bit or at the very least you are getting more sleep than me lol! Good luck!

04-11-2009, 07:22 AM

Thanks for the encouragement! You always have such as good positive spirit, I love it. I hope that you are feeling better these days. Have they figured out what is going on yet? You mentioned meds.....yes, lets hope that they offer the best. That's one thing the military is good at. Throwing all sorts of meds at you. My husband will be on that one making sure I am filled to the nines lol :O) Take care and hope you continue to feel better.

04-12-2009, 08:34 PM
Good luck....sorry to hear about the A/P & the 2 sep. surgeries. That does kinda stink BUT Im sure there is a very good reason for it. Take it easy this week....we will all be thinkin of you!!