I am getting ready for my surgery on Monday and getting really nervous. This is my 3rd fusion and this one is really bugging me.
Right now my hardware is impinging a nerve and poking into an artery out the back of the bone, so it all must be changed. The plan is that I will have all of the hardware removed, areas filled with cement of sorts, new bone graft from the hip, new hardware, BMP, all of the fibrosis removed and then get closed back up. PCA machine, catheter, 1-2 days in ICU and 3-5 in the acute unit. 4-6 hour procedure, and good as new,lol.
Hopefully I will be discharged to home, but there is a chance of going to rehab for a week. My hubby is upset with me because I reminded him that this is only to stabilize the mess that is in there allready and I will likely have no significant pain relief and I will never get my reflexes back. My pain is coming from to many different areas, hopefully this will calm down the lower back and acute sacral pain, but it will nothing for the RSD and pain caused by the cyst in the spinal cord. I told him I am just being realistic and if by some miracle everything calms down we can all be surprised.
I am not prepared at all. I have a sock donner and thats it. I know they will have everything ready for when I get home but it is just nerve wracking. Oh yeah, I stocked up on silky PJ's so I can slide easier,lol.
I just want this next 2 weeks done and over with! Well thanks all for listening, no real question, just venting,lol.
DX: CRPS/RSD full body, Fibro, CP, DDD, DJD, OSA, Syringomyelia, Arachnoiditis, failed fusion non union with hardware issues. Fusions C5-6, L5-S1. SCS trial successful awaiting placement after fusion revison 6/11.
MEDS:Fentanyl Patch 25 & 12.5 mcg, Fentora 100mcg, Oxyfast 10mg, Morphine Sulfate 15mg, AtacandHCT32/12.5mg, Clonidine, Zofran.