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Hello, hello! So, for anyone interested, I went to my final pre-op appointment today. All blood work is good. We did decide to do a two level fusion and anterior incision. That's means three vertebrae will become solid, and I'll have a new storyline on my throat. It increases healing time. No lifting more than 10lbs until February. My mom is super squeamish about surgery, doctors, and blood in general. I wonder how long it'll be before she can look at me. I won't be able to live in scarves, lol. :p My lava pain is going down my back now and even feeling tingling in my leg. So I'm very much looking forward to the next two weeks going by fast.

On an upside, I found a couple pairs of socks with anti slip grips on clearance!
 

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Hello, hello! So, for anyone interested, I went to my final pre-op appointment today. All blood work is good. We did decide to do a two level fusion and anterior incision. That's means three vertebrae will become solid, and I'll have a new storyline on my throat. It increases healing time. No lifting more than 10lbs until February. My mom is super squeamish about surgery, doctors, and blood in general. I wonder how long it'll be before she can look at me. I won't be able to live in scarves, lol. :p My lava pain is going down my back now and even feeling tingling in my leg. So I'm very much looking forward to the next two weeks going by fast.

On an upside, I found a couple pairs of socks with anti slip grips on clearance!
So, I’m probably a bit of a weirdo and my question 100% comes from my knowledge of what we do with dogs and my fascination with Neurology and Neurosurgery (mainly because of my MS).

BUT do you know which vertebrae they are going to be fusing and what they will be using to fuse? Lol. Please feel free not to answer, I’m just curious how it’s done with humans. :oops:

Hopefully the scar will heal up quick enough that your mom won’t feel so squeamish. Should be a fairly straight forward procedure and recovery from the sounds of it. Just super sucks that you’ll be out for so long.
 
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So, I’m probably a bit of a weirdo and my question 100% comes from my knowledge of what we do with dogs and my fascination with Neurology and Neurosurgery (mainly because of my MS).

BUT do you know which vertebrae they are going to be fusing and what they will be using to fuse? Lol. Please feel free not to answer, I’m just curious how it’s done with humans. :oops:

Hopefully the scar will heal up quick enough that your mom won’t feel so squeamish. Should be a fairly straight forward procedure and recovery from the sounds of it. Just super sucks that you’ll be out for so long.
I don't mind questions. :) They're fusing c5-c6 and c6-c7. They generally use cadaver bone if available or a synthetic disc. My surgeon will tell me the day of. As long as the synthetic isn't plastic. My doctor knows my allergies I'll have at least eight screws and two long plates.
 

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Woooooow that’s so interesting that they can use cadaver bone. It makes sense but still so interesting. We use synthetics in animal medicine. It’s so so important for you to know what they will be putting in should you ever have any kind of adverse reaction. (Hopefully all will go uneventful-but just in case it’s a good thing to know and for your loved ones to know as well.)
 
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