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Well, I'm ready as I will ever be. I have been doing a lot of work around the house, cars etc. I am a do-it-yourself guy so I want to make sure that tasks are done. Thought I would start my own journal from this point on like others I have read before me.

History:
Scheduled for 3 level ACDF. My neurosurgeon will use allograft (donor bone), plating (titanium hardware) and hard collar. They say I will probably be in hospital 2-3 days. I am going to ask NS about the use of BMP in surgery and a bone growth stimulator at home.

I have cervical spondylosis, stenosis with herniated discs and kyphosis (no curve in neck). I'm non smoker, 52 and fairly active. I was rear-ended on my motorcycle at a red light in 2005. I had bad spasms and neck pain with finger and thumb numbness after. I found it very hard to work at computers and spasms would drive me crazy. Always have burning pain in nack area. I tried all...multiple chiros, massage, PT etc. I then went to NS. The MRI told the whole story. I was not ready to go ahead at first but after another 6 wk session of fruitless PT, I changed my mind.

I am also machinist, by trade, and find it this very interesting. I have made titanium hip implant components and brain surgery hardware. The titanium ACP hardware is very interesting. It has a slight curve to bring the lordosis back. It will only affect the areas that are plated so I cannot have a perfect curve unless we did all.... No Thanks.

Anyway, I'll add to this log as things happen. I'm going to family reunion in Maine next week. When I get back July 26, I'll go for hospital pre-test and hard collar fitting. A Red Sox baseball game on July 29 and then July 30, 5:30am at the hospital.

I got my wedge pillow and bendy straws..... Bring on the ice cream....and the vicodin.
Back home!!! One day stay..... Still a little loopy on the Oxycodone. I doze off at the computer at times.

I've been running around the house trying to get caught up on money stuff while my wife says to lay down..... It was a breeze..... Doc said (this am) that it went very well and the MRI was correct. Removed 3 discs and cleaned out some spurs. Got a Atlantis ACP Plate to hold it all together. Using Aspen collar. I was able to take it off while laying in hospital bed for a few minutes to relieve chlostrophobia. I got 2 tabs of percoset as need (4hr span) or a choice of 2 hr dilaudid injection. Also got some Soma muscle relaxer. I couldn't tell you what was working but I wasn't in much pain at all. Also gave me Chlorasptic lozenges to help throat. I was doing hallway laps 4 hours after I was in my room. The onlt time I felt anxiety was after in recovery. I wanted to move around but was afraid. That all passed thankfully. Throat was not that bad and I was eating chicken on rice and key lime pie at 7pm last night. Tasted great. I also had scrambled eggs and cereal this morming. Hospital staff was excellent and gave me anything I needed when I needed it. (Doctor's Hospital, Sarasota). Even had a private room. Made friends with Jose across the hall who had a 2-level done by same doctors. We will keep in touch with each other as he goes home today also. Will be house bound for 2-4 weeks (no driving). Doc was not that conservative and said that I didn't really need to keep my head very rigid. Just be careful, don't lift over 15 lbs etc. I feel very very good and I have to be careful not to start working on my car or something like that. I thought I was going to be a OXY Haze for 2 weeks and just have boullion cubes... I am very happy and lucky. Going to lay down now and then start watching the Netflix stuff I have coming in. Oxycodone woohoo
Your absolutely right.... After my energy burst I was very tired and sore. I have tried 1 OXY every 2 hours now along with cepacol lozenge. Had a lot of calls tonight from friends which was real nice. Some are freaked out by this surgery but this forum is understanding. I have to throttle back any enthusiasm. I do feel spiritually and physically better and happier about this decision.
I had a 2 level ACDF (4/5, 5/6)on July 17th. I am still in my collar 24/7. It's funny how surgeons can be so different. My Dr. used BMP off label so I have no bone chips at all, I'm growing my own.

I got horrible muscle spasms from my collar so I went to my regular Dr. & got Lidocaine shots into my shoulders & it's made a 1,000 percent difference. I was able to cut way back on my meds. He asked me why my surgeon doesn't do Lidocaine & I'm going to ask him at my next appointment.

I also switched from wearing my Philadelphia only in the shower to wearing it during the day & the Aspen only at night. I think the Aspen is tall for my neck and that's what was causing the spasms.

Glad you're doing so well, I'm doing the Netflix thing too!
[QUOTE=sbcatt;3195061]I had a 2 level ACDF (4/5, 5/6)on July 17th. I am still in my collar 24/7. It's funny how surgeons can be so different. My Dr. used BMP off label so I have no bone chips at all, I'm growing my own.

I got horrible muscle spasms from my collar so I went to my regular Dr. & got Lidocaine shots into my shoulders & it's made a 1,000 percent difference. I was able to cut way back on my meds. He asked me why my surgeon doesn't do Lidocaine & I'm going to ask him at my next appointment.

I also switched from wearing my Philadelphia only in the shower to wearing it during the day & the Aspen only at night. I think the Aspen is tall for my neck and that's what was causing the spasms.

Glad you're doing so well, I'm doing the Netflix thing too![/QUOTE]

I was/am so worried about fusion. I asked about BMP and NS said it wasn't approved. Last visit I asked about stimulator and he said not to worry until we look at first x-rays. He would only approve stim if I was older or smoker.
At last visit I told him that I concentrated so much on non-movement of my head to ensure good fusion. His response was that it is a hot topic at seminars. His thoughts/experience on it is that no collar can hold you in place and they use it only for protection from accidents and to relax muscles. He said the plate is what holds it all together. He said it was ok for me to move my head a little as tolerated, roll my shoulders etc.

My NS is a member of a 4 man surgical group so I hope that means that they share a lot of info and discussion. They are all young guys 30-40's and they seem very progressive.

It does make you wonder about all these rehab differences. I'm sure some docs are conservative for a reason and the unknown factor. Maybe the less conservative docs learn they need less from experience. who knows...........
Hi I am lookinga at havinga three level fusion C45 C56 C67 on Sept 24th. I read your progress and I am glad to hear you are doing well. ANy tips you may have before and after surgery wouldbe great ( I have a 1 year old 2 year old and 5 year old) Myhusband and mom will be here to help after the surgery. I am not too sure what to excpect... Thak you and I wish you a great recovery.





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