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   Posted 3/13/2014 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
Well had my surgery today (if ya wanna call it that). think your gonna love this one. well they got me preped
and ready for surgery, took me to the or and put me to sleep. now once i was out cold, my surgeon did
a little trial and error. meaning he ha checked the tube before he went any furthier.

turns out there wasn't a block in the tubing nor was there an error in the pump. was full of medicine, just
wasn't programmed right. actually it was set at a point were no medicine was being administered at all.

needless to say my surgeon wasn't to happy. so basically i didn't need the surgery at all. mad

disabled since 2008. (4) back surgeries 2 laminectomies (2) fusions, 1 failed.
neuropathy. and a few other things.
basil cell melanoma, treated with surgery.
pain pump surgery-11-26-2013
pain meds, morphine in pain pump- oxycodone 15mgs 1-2 every 4-6 hrs.
flexeril 15mgs x (3) motrin 800mgs as needed/ nuerontin 2400mgs daily

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Date Joined May 2013
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   Posted 3/13/2014 6:48 PM (GMT -7)   
So all that needed to be done was turn it on ?
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   Posted 3/13/2014 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Totally understand your frustrations and very sorry they had to put you through all this scare to this point and all...very sorry...
Glad surgery was not needed...
Hope things get better for you.
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   Posted 3/13/2014 9:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Yay for no surgery-but that is crazy. That's like calling the electrician without trying the light switch first.
Single mom to my little man (10yrs old)
37yrs old. JRA since a kid. Chronic Uveitis, pleurisy, pericarditis, intersticial lung disease, sjorgrens syndrome, Cushing's Syndrome, gastroparisis
Bilateral TMJ replacements due to bone fusion, port-a-cath, NJ tube

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Date Joined Mar 2008
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   Posted 3/13/2014 10:16 PM (GMT -7)   
Wow! That is ridiculous!! Please tell me that it was at least some switch that they had to flip on on the pump itself (ie. something that could not have been done remotely) and that they did not cut you open for absolutely no reason!!

Don't you have a rep from the company that implanted the pump who oversees the pumps functioning and any technical errors that need to be fixed, or adjustments that need to be made? I can't believe that they wouldn't have picked up on the fact that the pump was turned off or set to zero!!

My Medtronics rep runs a whole series of diagnostics on my stimulator every time I am in the neurosurgeon's office for a follow-up (once a year) and it spits back a whole bunch of info to him about how my device is working and if there are any errors, etc. And then he can re-program the stimulator with the same device he used to run the diagnostic. I just can't believe that they would have missed this obvious error if they had run any diagnostics on your pump!!

I'm so sorry that you had to go through all the pain and stress of this surgery! It's good that they found the cause of the problem with the pump, but it's not good that they had to cut you open to find it, when presumably, they should have been able to find it without opening you up.... Wow...

Hope your pump is working now & you have a speedy recovery from your surgery. They may not have done much of anything, but it was still surgery. There was still cutting involved & so naturally there will be pain. But hopefully is short lived and not too bad!

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