View Full Version : Posterior/Anterior Scheduled for April 14th

04-01-2009, 01:49 PM
My name is Edie and I am scheduled for Surgery with Dr. Boachie-Adjei at Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC on April 14th. You may have seen me on the forum before under an anonymous name.

I am so grateful to all the people on the forum and don't know what I would do without you. I have met in person some wonderful women in New Jersey and spoke over the past two days in detail with Debbei and Peachy.

I've now completed my pulmonary testing, echocardiogram, EKG, MRIs and Internal Medicine review. I have a stress test tomorrow and will finalize the pre-op appointments next week.

I will keep reading and learning. Thank you all!

04-01-2009, 04:30 PM
Hi Edie -- I'll be thinking of you!

always smilin'
04-01-2009, 08:18 PM
Edie- that's coming up fast. Best of luck to you!

04-01-2009, 08:19 PM
Wishing you the best of luck Edie. We look forward to hearing how it all went when you are well enough.


04-03-2009, 02:46 PM
Wishing you all the best. Sounds like you've gone through all the necessary prep. Keep us posted.


04-03-2009, 05:43 PM

Welcome back....(new name and all!) Yes things seem to moving along quickly aren't they. On my end , I must say everyone else seems to be getting nervous for me. I spend more time telling everyone else it will be fine that I just can't wait to get it over with. I'll do my whinning then I'm sure! I must say folks that I am in a lot of pain today! Everything hurts! I am currently on the couch leaning against an ice pack and have an ice pack under my knee. The Iliotibial band (IT band) is worse than it normally is. this muscle, for those who don't know, connects from the the hipbone, down the side of the leg and connects to the back outter part of the knee. When it is inflamed and massasaged it hurts worse than having a baby with no drugs....trust me...been there done that lol. Oh well, enough complaining, doesn't change a thing anyways!

On a positive note, I have been talking with Rachel and she is doing well! Little bit of a rough patch yesterday, but hanging in there like a champ. She always so sooo cheery! Yes, Rachel you are very cheery...(if u get around to reading this:O) yep, been talking about ya!). I hope I can have as positive an attitude like you when I am home!

Take care everyone and have a great weekend.

04-03-2009, 06:01 PM
I've now completed my pulmonary testing, echocardiogram, EKG, MRIs and Internal Medicine review. I have a stress test....

Just wondering if everyone has these test or doesn't it depend on age/doctor/insurance. I had an MRI, CT, more exrays and will have my preop apt. on april 9th. However, My doc hasn't mentioned any of the above tests. Just wondering.....I know every patient and doc is different. Just wondering if I should question the doctor.

04-03-2009, 07:17 PM
I didn't have those tests, Susan. I was called to the hospital the day before surgery and waited around expecting to be put through the mill. Someone came and took blood and that was that. About 8.30pm, I asked if I was going to have an ECG. They said it wasn't written up for me. So I went to sleep and they woke me at 7 to have a shower and get ready for surgery. I asked for a pre-med which I got and I don't remember anything else!

04-04-2009, 05:06 PM
I didn't have any of those tests either. My pre-op is scheduled for the 8th, then I go in around 5:30am on the 15th.

I am getting so nervous also. My cousin is coming in town to watch the kids, I am worried about my youngest, he is 3 and has only been away from me twice for two-three days each time. But I know it will be worth it later...probably much later.

One of my co-workers daughter had Surgery 5 yrs ago, she asked her if she would do it again. She told me she didn't hesitate and said yes! Without a doubt. That was very encouraging.

04-05-2009, 12:07 AM
Good luck Edie! I hope everything goes well for you.

Ascbodypro-I did have all those tests. The reason is because I have an "abnormal" heart, also asthma. So they needed to make sure everything was okay before surgery.

04-05-2009, 12:58 AM
Hi Em. I just wanted to wish you well on the 15th and for a smooth recovery. I'll be thinking of you!

04-06-2009, 08:23 PM
I just found out my son who is in the Marines isn't going to be able to come home after all. He was going to get on the 17th and have 20 days off to help take care of me. I small set back, but we will make it work. I may have tried to do too much for him, so it may be God watching out for me. You know the whole "mom's baby boy home". I would want to cook for him and stuff.

Just one more weekend left. Edie your first, Good luck!

04-07-2009, 04:30 PM
Edie and Em-- best wishes for successful surgeries and smooth recoveries! Just a little over a week till you're on the "other side" of surgery. That's exciting!

04-08-2009, 12:19 PM
Saying Goodbye even for a few months is tough but because of all of you I can look forward to coming back. Things have been crazy and I've been working extra hours... which leads me to bed as soon as I get home...

People have been telling me that I look like I am at peace with it... I guess I really need to get a life back and be out of pain.

Tomorrow I go to HSS for PreAdmission testing and my final consult with Dr. Boachi.

04-08-2009, 05:27 PM

I, too, had to work many extra hours prior to my surgery as I felt guilty knowing that I'd be off work for 6-7 weeks. After my post-op yesterday, I was informed that I will be off work for at least 2 months. This said, the hardest part is the unknown and I had soo many questions prior to having this surgery done. I am feeling okay most days, but I have to be really careful not to do too much as it's only been 3 weeks since my surgery.

Everything will be fine and I will pray that you are feeling at ease when you go to the hospital for your operation. Before you know it, you will wake up and it will be over!

Thinking of you,

04-08-2009, 06:22 PM
Good luck Edie,

I know you'll be just fine. I'm glad to hear that you're doing better with the idea of the surgery. I think it happened with me too; at some point you just want the waiting to be over and be done with it.

I'll give you a call before you go in.

PS--did you find somehwere for your hubby to stay?

04-10-2009, 08:06 AM
Good luck! It feels good to know there are two others having surgery the same time (close anyway). I can't wait to hear from you and Susan..Janet too. We will all get to help eachother along. You sound very calm, I feel like I am a ball of nerves.

04-12-2009, 06:37 PM

Good luck on Tuesday. I sure will be thinking of you and following you through this process! I am sure it will be a while before we connect but I hope all goes well for you in the next few weeks. Are you having your surgery all in one day? I can't remember if we talked about this or not. Hopefully you are only having one. I am not looking forward to two but what can you do! Hope you had a good easter!

04-13-2009, 11:03 AM
So I saw Dr. Boachi last Thursday for my final consult. Previously he was recommending T4-S1 Posterior with Anterior XLIF.... Well since September my curve has changed and I've lost a 1/2 inch in height. My lumbar curve that was 41 is now 55 degrees so he has changed his approach. He is planning T11 to sacrum with most of it done thru the side. He says its significant muscle cutting thru the side and more work for me during recovery.

I am concerned about my upper curve changing after the surgery and requiring a second fusion but I asked him three different ways and he said he was not concerned about the upper curve.

We discussed re-hab and I think I will be pushing to go to Kessler in West Orange, NJ after the hospital. My sister live close by and it would be easier for my husband too.

Thanks again for all your warm wishes....


04-13-2009, 04:08 PM
Hi Edie - my name is Carol and I also have my first surgery scheduled for tomorrow, April 14th. I've been on this site once when I first learned of my surgery, and then again over the last few days. I also am posterior and anterior and expect the second surgery to be somewhere around the 22nd of April. I'm from the Boston area and my surgery will be at New England Baptiste Hospital with Frank Rand. There is another woman having surgery at the Baptiste two weeks after me - I noticed some posts from her. Lots to think about. Will get back on the site as soon as I can. I've found the information very helpful and I know the support post surgery will be a tremendous boost. Take care!

04-14-2009, 06:17 AM
This is Ralph, EdieG's husband. I think the hard part is over...they just cleaned her back with that nasty Benadine! Yuk. :eek:

04-14-2009, 06:51 AM

This is Debbe. I'm the one who spoke with you and Edie on the phone a few weeks ago. You know that you have the hardest job for now--the waiting. Edie gets to go in there and go to sleep. I know that Edie will be just fine. She will be in my prayers today. Post an update when you can!

04-15-2009, 02:35 AM
Here is the email I received from Edie's husband at 11:00PM last night:

Edie was in surgery for 11 hours and 31 minutes, finished at around 8 PM. The doctor said everything was successful and she did well during the surgery. She will be in ICU for at least 2 days and perhaps more. I got to see her about an hour after the surgery in the ICU and even with the drugs you could tell that she was in a lot of pain, but she was unable to talk because she has a breathing tube in her. I feel so sorry that she has to go through all of the pain, but thank God she did it and after her recovery she will be able to live a more normal life, mostly pain free. Thank you all for your positive thoughts today.... she got a lot of strength from hearing from all of you and when she had second thoughts it was all of your successes that made her go on.

I will keep you all posted on her progress until she is able to do it herself.



04-15-2009, 03:21 AM
Thanks Ralph, it's wonderful to get updates. This is a difficult time for you too so please take care. Edie will be well taken care of in ICU. I felt very safe when I was there.

Campunciejoe (Carol) - My thoughts are with you too and hopefully we'll soon hear how you are faring with your recovery.

All the very best to both Edie and Carol!

05-02-2009, 07:17 AM
Hi - Carol here, so happy to have two the two surgeries behind me - done at NE Baptist Hospital in Boston by Dr. Frank Rand. Thanksfully both surgeries were done from the back - he was able to connect whatever needed to be connected that way instead of one front and one back. Each surgery I understand was about 8 hours. I had a gigantic S curve - I know not very scientific way to describe, but I never did focus on the L3s and S 1s etc. All I know if that I have a huge scar from top of spine to my pelvis. Surgeries were April 14th and April 22nd and I am still medicated every three hours or so with fast acting oxicodon and long acting ever 12 hours oxicotin. Walking helps keep pain level down. I wear the brace Dr. Rand recommended when sitting or standing, and feel I am actually doing quite well. Once I got the more surgical parts out of the way (narcotics and nausea being a big one) I now feel I can focus on healing. I'm hoping to help new folks or share stories with people who have already had fusion. This is a wonderful forum. By t he way, being from Boston, I did catch the local news clip on one TV producer's spinal fusion - I'd recommend watching the video.

My one comment now is that I feel that I am learning to welcome an entire new anatomy. To be straight and taller, with no rib pain, and little too no curvature -- it's a mircle.


05-02-2009, 07:42 AM
Carol-- what wonderful news! It sounds like you are doing just great! Keep us posted with your progress and ask any questions that come to mind about recovery. Stay strong, take care of yourself, and keep walking! Hugs, Susie

05-03-2009, 10:03 PM
It's true, isn't it? It really is a miracle. You sound great Carol!