Four Days until Surgery

Chris Breva By Chris Breva, 21st Jun 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2q_jfnu_/
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This page discusses my upcoming surgery. I have gone to the effort of doing some background checks on my doctor. I will discuss them here also.

Four Days until Surgery

Well I am now officially three days away from my back surgery. I went to the liberty of checking the doctor out online the other night. He has been sued for malpractice but there are no sanctions against him. He has been in practice since 1988 and graduated top of his class prior to that. He settled in this area because he has family here. The malpractice suits came to a settlement of course and stemmed from a patient dying as a result of rejecting the implants. The doctor is a neurosurgeon and uses titanium alloy implants and cadaver bones in his patients. Apparently the patient in question rejected the implants and had serious complications as a result of the rejection. He died the day following surgery.

However the doctor has also done over 5,000 backs and that was the only patient that had such complications of the 5,000. I'm comfortable that it was the patient's body that killed him and not medical incompetence. The same review board that gave me this information gave the doctor stellar ratings. They are a board that researches malpractice so I feel confident that I'm trusting the right man.

With all that said I will tell you that I am a little intimidated by the surgery. I'll be under anesthetic for at least 4 1/2 hours. When I had my gall bladder removed they had a hard time resuscitating me due to my oxygen dropping to low levels. I keep asking myself "What if that happens again?"

I don't have a lot of choices. I have to have the operation because I have a herniated disc in the L1 area of my spine. I fell off of a porch and landed on a flowerbed on my back in 2008. It caused a wedge fracture of L1 and I have been in pain since. During the winter there are days when I cannot straighten up due to the pain and muscle spasms. We have already exhausted cortizone therapy and physical therapy. I couldn't handle either one. The only alternative is posterior lumbar fusion surgery which I will undergo on Monday.

Basically the doctor will make two incisions about five inches long in my back. Through these he will remove the bony structures from the back of my vertebra. Then he will remove half of my crushed disc and replace it with an artificial one. After this he will insert cadaver bones to hold the disc in place . He will secure the cadaver bones with a metal cage consisting of rods and eight screws. Then he will close the incision.

I will spend 2-5 days in the hospital. After that I will come home to recuperate. The staples will come out in ten days. I will be wearing a back brace for six weeks. Of course it would have to be the hottest six weeks of the year! I will also undergo physical therapy.

One of my biggest concerns is pain management. I am a recovering addict. Now I am faced with serious surgery and the use of narcotics is going to be mandatory for pain management. I will come out of the operation on morphine and be switched to percocets for two weeks. After that I will be looking at another four weeks of vicodin. I have already discussed the fact that I am in recovery with both my doctor and my sponsor. Both said that I could opt to stay in the hospital a little longer if I felt it was necessary to deal with the addiction issues. I may have to go through treatment again. My biggest concern is not my ability to take the medication as prescribed. I know I will do that. I'm basically allergic to percocet anyway. It makes me itch. So I definitely won't abuse it due to that. The vicodin does the same thing. I can only tolerate it in small doses. So my concern isn't abuse but rather that it will trigger my addiction and cause me to want my drug of choice which, believe it or not was Benadryl. Yes you can get high on the stuff! I worry that the vicodin will lead me to it. I don't want that. I like being sober.

I ask all of my Wikinut friends to keep me in prayer. Pray also for my wife. She's terrified although she's trying really hard not to let it show. She's afraid I'm going to widow her. I told her that I wasn't but she still worries about me. She has Generalized Anxiety Disorder so she's a worrier anyway. So pray for us both.

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Medical, Medical Care, Medication, Medications, Medicine, Surgeon, Surgeries, Surgery

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author avatar Chris Breva
I am a poet and editor of Mid-Ohio Valley Poetry Magazine. I have published four books of poetry in my lifetime. I write about a wide variety of topics. I really enjoy poetry.

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author avatar Chris Breva
21st Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you Johnnydod.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
21st Jun 2013 (#)

I will keep you in my prayers, Chris. It is tough on you and family too. Since you have no other choice better to suffer for a short time and be done with it so that you can enjoy life without pain. I do hope you will recover fast and look forward to reading about this experience and back to sunshine days - siva

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author avatar Chris Breva
21st Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you Siva. Yes my wife is pretty wound up about it. I keep telling her that all will be well but I'm not sure she believes me.

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
21st Jun 2013 (#)

Dear Chris I will certainly pray for you , and even here and now I ask the Lord to give you and your wife , His peace , as you face the operation , and that it will be a complete success , and you will come through the aftercare with no complications or addictive problems which stem from the past . May the Lord free you completely from them make your spine strong and healthy for many years to come . In Jesus' name. Amen
God bless you and your wife.
with love and peace and healing .
Stella ><

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author avatar Stella Mitchell
21st Jun 2013 (#)

...and God bless the Neurosurgeon as well. amen
Stella ><

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author avatar Chris Breva
21st Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you Stella. I appreciate all the prayers that are being said in my behalf right now. I told my wife that I'm going in on faith and faith will bring me out.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
21st Jun 2013 (#)

Chris prayers and healing my friend...!...

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author avatar Chris Breva
21st Jun 2013 (#)

Thank you Delicia. I appreciate the fact that you're checking back with me daily. I feel as if you are here with me all the way.

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author avatar philpalm
21st Jun 2013 (#)

I wish you well on the upcoming back surgery.

The people who I work for know a lot about medical appliances so if you have any questions on them ask me on any of my pages.

Too bad you have a problem with pain medication. The people who I work for sort of supplement their income with the pain pills that they do not use. Yeah you certainly don't want to enable anyone with an addiction though.

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author avatar Kingwell
21st Jun 2013 (#)

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your wife as well as the doctor. May everything go well and hopefully we will be hearing a lot more from you after the surgery. Blessings.

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author avatar Terry Trainor
23rd Jun 2013 (#)

Is your addiction for all antihistamines? You've beat it once my friend you can beat it again. Good luck.

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author avatar Chris Breva
24th Jun 2013 (#)

Thanks Terry. That's what my AA sponsor said.

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