Hi it's me again - just got off the phone from my colon surgeon, I will meet with her on Tuesday next week, surgery will be asap and it will be a total colostomy. She said she can't keep repairing me. When she did the 4ft colon removal in 2010 it only brought me a little time. I will keep you posted as to the date. DebView Thread
Yes I have been there done that. Please make sure your doctor is a Neurosurgeon first and fore most. Ask for a hard neck brace to see if this will stop your falling. Depending on how many cervical vertebrae they are looking at doing it is not a walk in the park (my opinion).
I was passing out just drinking water- I never had pain - had MRI's done and found out I was crushing my cervical spinal cord in 5 places. It was recommended I wear a ridged (hard) neck brace for at least a month first - it there was major changes then I would be a candidate.
Do not go into the surgery without trying this first. I had C3-T2 done all at one time. Painful yes 100x's yes, I was in a rehab place for 2 months.
Every case is different - please check all options first. DebView Thread
I am sorry for the problems you are having - not to panic you but google or bing Infuse bone graft into the search engine and you will see a lot of info on the very subject, as well as many lawsuits against Medtronics regarding the material used.
When my neurosurgeon did a 7 vertebrae fusion on my neck he used my own bone he removed and ground it down to fill in where bone growth needed to go, then ordered me a cervical bone growth stimulator I wore for 4 hrs a day for 6 months. I am completely fused and no hardware remains - I had 2 rods and 12 screws holding my neck together - my pain in my neck is due to muscle problems. My surgeon said the best way to avoid infections is to use my bone not artificial that way I can't reject it.
I do hope you get better I will put you on my prayer list.View Thread
Hi again and thanks for the support - It turns out I will need more colon/rectal surgery the test I had yesturday showed or confirmed what we already knew she my doc. just wanted to make sure before she scheduled me.
Now I am waiting for the call back as to when and where as well as what kind of surgery she will be doing. We are praying that a repair can be done and not a colostomy. At this point I don't care what kind just fix me so I can go a little more normally.View Thread