Thread: Decision Made
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Old 07-23-2007, 07:24 AM
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Hi Everyone,

After 9 months of pain, tears, research and drugs my husband and I have made the decision for me to have ProDisc surgery on August 22nd. First, let me say that I honestly never thought much about my back aches and pains and never thought about back surgery or should I say the invasive technique to repair damaged discs. That being said I feel as though I came into a period where research is somewhat more advanced than even 5 years ago. To each of you who have helped pave the way as pioneers - Thanks. A special thanks to Harrison for this website. It has helped me tremendously.

Tomorrow, I see Dr. B (USA) to sign papers and order the discs. I have a list of questions but if you think of something that you wish you new prior to your surgery let me know.
August 1st is pre-op day. I see the general surgeon, anestheisologist, cardiologist and give a pint of blood. Then I wait.

My anixety and fear is already kicking in but I am anxious to start healing. Since I had a lower bowel resection 10 years ago I have major concern with scar tissue in the abdominal area. The general surgeon said it was not a big deal - yeah, okay, sure? I do remember after this surgery I threw up on the surgeon. I think it was the morphine? Has anybody not had a morphine drip and if so what was the alternative - Demerol?

I will have my husband post after surgery since he is spending the night with me.

As for cost/payment let me say that surgery was scheduled for July 27th and postponed because of insurance. As of today, my husband has taken over the battle, with pointers from Laurie Todd. Thank you Laurie for your guided insight. Since my husband's company is self insured I honestly have no idea of the outcome. Cindy Lou your experience has been helpful and I understand your disappointment. It is my hope that costs will be decided before 8/22/07 and my focus can be on recovery.

Again, to all who post on this website - thanks, you have no idea how much it helps.
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