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F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: November 05, 2022 04:55PM
I’m home but had to stay a day longer than was supposed to took a slight bad turn yesterday of lightheadedness, dizziness and blood oxygen was a tad low, they were afraid of possible blood clot but I'm feeling fine today.

There’s good and bad news, good news is one disc, C4-C5 disc, was in too good of shape to remove even though the MRI showed it to be bad, but he said the other two discs between C5-C7 were in terrible shape, basically bone to bone. Bad news is the he said I have bad osteoporosis and is he's afraid the screws may not hold and I’ll probably have to wear my rigid neck brace much longer than the 6 weeks that he first thought. I told wife they should have put some Loctite on those screws smiley-laughing001 His PA that assisted in on the surgery said she wouldn't label it full blown osteoporosis just yet until some test has been run, she said it could be osteopenia.

Everyone in the hospital told me I picked the right surgeon.

I already have much better strength in hands and arms and the numbness on my fingers is nearly gone. Still having some shoulder pain which they that was completely normal, they said my body has to get used to this rigid collar with no head turning and such. Throat is fairly sore and having some difficulty talking but surprisingly I'm not having much trouble swallowing food.

Thank you all so much for all the positive thoughts, prayers and well wishes. If I follow their instructions I think I'll do well.

I've been offline since Thursday morning so I didn't see many of your comments on the other thread until just a bit ago.

To: dad@home
My anesthesia guy said he's been doing this for 30 years and my pseudocholinesterase deficiency case is #4 on his books and knew exactly how to handle it and what use. Woke up in about 1 1/2 hours just fine, no nausea or anything. He said this condition is quite rare.

From Thursday: Going in for another spinal fusion tomorrow.
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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: Fritz
Date: November 05, 2022 05:03PM
glad to see you're doing well and having a sense of hummus.



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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: btfc
Date: November 05, 2022 05:09PM
Good to hear that things went well!
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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: November 05, 2022 05:18PM
Best of luck for future recovery!

And was that blue or red Loctite?



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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: rich in distress
Date: November 05, 2022 05:20PM
Happy to know you’re back!
Keep it up!!
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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: gadje
Date: November 05, 2022 05:21PM
Full and Speedy Recovery!
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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: DP
Date: November 05, 2022 05:59PM
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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: lost in space
Date: November 05, 2022 06:07PM
That's sounds like a good outcome.Glad for you.

Cervical fusion leader!



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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: Don C
Date: November 05, 2022 06:13PM
Always glad for reasonably good outcomes; not the best, but ever so much better than the worst.

Congrats and speedy healing.
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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: November 05, 2022 06:30PM
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mrbigstuff
Best of luck for future recovery!

And was that blue or red Loctite?

I told her they should've used red permanent, only heat will break that lose smiley-laughing001

BTW: Right now all I'm needing is some Tylenol which is great.



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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: btfc
Date: November 05, 2022 06:44PM
Fusion?

I would have gone with solid state...
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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: JoeM
Date: November 05, 2022 06:46PM
Great news! Wishing you a speedy recovery and a great outcome!



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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: rgG
Date: November 05, 2022 06:57PM
So glad it went well!
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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: Buzz
Date: November 05, 2022 07:44PM
I suggest you get a box of multi-colored Sharpies, take them to your local elementary school, and turn your rigid neck brace into a 3rd grade art project.
That way, you'll be able to embrace the brace for its full duration, and won't be tempted to try to escape from its clutches prematurely.
Glad ya survived so you can enjoy the recovery, your newfound strength, food swallowing, and beyond.
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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: Ombligo
Date: November 05, 2022 07:49PM
Loctite is alright, but JB Weld would be better.

glad to hear it went well



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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: Michael
Date: November 05, 2022 07:58PM
Good news!
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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: A-Polly
Date: November 05, 2022 08:52PM
Glad you're out of hospital, and able to eat (always a good thing!). May your bones knit quickly around those screws.
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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: davester
Date: November 05, 2022 09:22PM
Glad it went well! I'll be undergoing much more minor surgery on Monday...removal of the plate and screws that were holding my collarbone together.



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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: anonymouse1
Date: November 05, 2022 10:10PM
Glad to hear the good news!
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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: Rolando
Date: November 05, 2022 11:11PM
Glad we're on the other side and you're still with us. Patience and strength to you!



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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: davec
Date: November 05, 2022 11:35PM
Wishing you a speedy recovery!

Dave



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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 06, 2022 05:27AM
Next time see if they’ll use Superglue instead of screws.



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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: November 06, 2022 10:51AM
Thanks everyone, I really appreciate the encouraging words!

I'm feeling pretty good today. Body is still getting used to this collar mess, back and neck is pretty sore. They put me on a 5 lb. weight lifting limit due to the bone issue, normally it's 10 lbs. for 6 to 8 weeks. That's going to take some getting used to. I get a wound inspection on the 11th and a x-ray and full post op. checkout on Dec. 14 I think.

I'm so ready for a full shower but not until tomorrow they said.



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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: Buzz
Date: November 06, 2022 02:22PM
Yay! Pics here on Dec 11th!
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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 06, 2022 02:43PM
Well, you could sit in the tub and wash your pits. But I’m glad to hear it is going well. Be sure to have your wife wait on you hand-and-foot.



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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: November 06, 2022 06:54PM
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Speedy
Well, you could sit in the tub and wash your pits. But I’m glad to hear it is going well. Be sure to have your wife wait on you hand-and-foot.

Ordered a cheap shower stool last night on Amazon and it was here at 8am. Washed from the neck down, felt good.



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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: wave rider
Date: November 07, 2022 11:58AM
Glad you are out and on the mend!

Get that bone density scan now for a baseline, one in two years to see your progress.



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Re: F/U on my cervical fusion surgery.
Posted by: Grateful11
Date: November 07, 2022 05:28PM
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wave rider
Glad you are out and on the mend!

Get that bone density scan now for a baseline, one in two years to see your progress.

Will do.



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