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    6 week post op appt and pre-op appt as well

    I saw Dr Bederman yesterday for my 6 week post op appt and my September 9th pre-op appt as well. My xrays look great. He and I are very pleased with the way they look.What he is doing on September 9th is going in thru an 3inch incision is to pack L5 -S1. It really is going to be a minor surgery but I cannot get rid of
    this feeling of anxiety that I have.

    Dr Bederman gave me until September 9th to stop wearing my back brace. I can still wear the neck brace. Today I am in very bad pain without the brace. I have
    been thru this before, last summer, but it still hurts as my back gets used to working again.

    Regarding my swollen feet and ankles, he does not want me to take Lasix this close to surgery. He said that we will deal with it after September 9th.


    Melissa
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    Quote Originally Posted by mabeckoff View Post
    What he is doing on September 9th is going in thru an 3inch incision is to pack L5 -S1.

    Melissa
    Hi Melissa,

    What does it mean to "pack" ?

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    Doreen
    44 years old at time of surgery, Atlanta GA

    Pre-Surgery Thorasic: 70 degrees, Pre-Surgery Lumbar: 68 degrees, lost 4 inches of height in 2011
    Post-Surgery curves ~10 degrees, regained 4 inches of height

    Posterior T3-sacrum & TLIF surgeries on Nov 28, 2011 with Dr. Lenke, St. Louis
    2 rods, 33 screws, 2 cages, 2 connectors, living a new life I never dreamed of!

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    Melissa... To wean yourself gradually from the brace, you might try taking it off for just an hour at a a time, then putting it back on for an hour, etc.

    Doreen... There are several different ways to do this type of surgery, but the most common is that they'll remove the disc between L5 and S1, and then replace it with a combination of things like a cage, a bone disc, BMP, moralized bone (the patient's own, or from a donor), etc.

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    I forgot to say that the other surgeon wants me to stop eating at lunch time next Thursday and only have liquid foods as well as the stuff that is going to clean out my insides. My diabetes doctor is very concerned about this. Has anyone else had to do this before anterior surgery?

    Melissa
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    Assuming Dr. Bederman knows you're diabetic (or remembered the fact when he made that request) you could ask your Diabetes doctor about liquid foods that would keep up your carbs just enough to prevent a hypo? Are milk-based drinks allowed? Were you asked to do this before your other surgeries? If not, I wonder why this time is different.
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    stupid question....is the stomach more involved when anterior surgery is performed...?
    does a front incision require the no eating rule?

    i think you need to maybe remind the surgeon of your diabetes if he didn't say
    anything about it to you...
    or just tell him your diabetes specialist is worried about his request that you do not eat....

    is your surgery the next day early in the morning...?

    jess

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