Neck Surgery - Done! * Scar picture added - view at your own risk! *

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Neck Surgery - Done! * Scar picture added - view at your own risk! *

I am pleased to report that I am home now after a night in the hospital. My neck surgery was Friday afternoon.

The surgeon said the surgery was very successful - the bulging disc was putting severe pressure on the nerve. He also found a surprise he was not expecting - with all the extra pressure, a bone spur had formed and was part of the problem with all the pain I was experiencing. The irritated nerve is now "flapping in the breeze" as the doctor states - I may have ongoing issues/pain until the nerve calms down though.

The disc was completely removed, with a plastic insert put in its place (filled with all sorts of fun stuff) - everything is held together with a plate and screws. This is good news because I will not have to a wear a bulky hard neck brace.

But I do have a cool scar awesome

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Congratulations on the sucessful surgery, and hope you have a pain free recovery. Should we now call you "The man with the bionic neck".

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I'm so thankful that you're home, resting (I assume) fairly comfortably. Hopefully we can help to keep you well entertained during your convalescence Smile

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Glad to hear everything went well Jeff.

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So glad to hear it's all over (AND that you have a cool scar AND that you don't have to wear a neck brace, because that would just be no fun at all).

Now all you have to do is sit back, relax, and eat gingerbread caramel corn.

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Hi Jeff,

Glad to read that your neck surgery went well and that you are resting comfortably. My friend Pam and I are praying for a speedy recovery.

Jim

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Glad to hear it went well Jeff.

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yay Hope you're feeling okay and we're super happy that everything went well! yay

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Here's my cool scar!! Too bad I didn't have this done around the time of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!

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JeffC wrote:
Here's my cool scar!! Too bad I didn't have this done around the time of Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!

Yeee---Ikes! I thought they were cutting on the back?

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Glad you're okay Jeff! Rest up well etc. Hope it doesn't hurt. I have a scar a bit like that from a neck operation too. Mine has very much faded by now though!

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Get to feeling better Jeff!

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AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!

It was like a car wreck..I knew I shouldn't look but I just had too!!

I am glad that you are doing well though..and now you can tell people a pirate slit your throat and you lived to tell the tale.

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Wow - you look like you're coming along great! Still feeling good? Have you noticed any relief yet from the pain that you were having, or is it too soon to tell?

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Wow - you look like you're coming along great! Still feeling good? Have you noticed any relief yet from the pain that you were having, or is it too soon to tell?

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I'm doing pretty well, thanks for asking Lizzy! I am down to 2 percocet a day, but still nap alot. I have ventured out a few times now but each time wears me out pretty good. Holding my head up seems to take alot of effort until the neck muscles figure out what they need to do.

The results so far are really positive - the numbness in my entire left arm is mostly gone, which was more frustrating than the neck pain. I'm hopeful the remaining pain is from the surgery and the neck muscles stretching due to the implant. But I can eat just about anything now with relative ease (big plus!).

2 odd unexpected side-affects - the percocet makes me itch all over, so I sometimes have to take Benadryl to offset that. And I have muscle spasms in my throat that make me hiccup ALOT. Drives me crazy. Hoping that goes away over time as well.

The scar is really clearing up well. So much for the mean, ruffian look.... laugh

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Lizzy_B wrote:
Wow - you look like you're coming along great! Still feeling good? Have you noticed any relief yet from the pain that you were having, or is it too soon to tell?

Hmm..yeah..this was probably a much better reaction than calling it a car wreck. Sometimes I'm klassy.

I'm glad you're starting to feel much better..I hope you have a speedy speedy recovery!!

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You're my kinda klass, Bella! biggrin

I'm still telling everyone a pirate slit my throat though.... eek

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JeffC wrote:
You're my kinda klass, Bella! biggrin

I'm still telling everyone a pirate slit my throat though.... eek

rolling I laughed out loud at the "scar picture added" comment, then finding out you're telling people a pirate slit your throat pretty much clinched it for me!

Very cool scar -- looks frankenstein-y awesome

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JeffC wrote:
You're my kinda klass, Bella! biggrin

I'm still telling everyone a pirate slit my throat though.... eek

That will be quiet believable seeing as how pirates are making a come back..and not just Johnny pirates like real ones with guns and stuff.

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Jeff,

Glad you're coming along nicely. Did you get in a few punches at the pirate before he slit your throat?

Everyone, my gallbladder surgery is Friday (the nurse will call me tomorrow with the time). I'll be staying overnight at my brother's house, so I will likely be offline until Saturday night. I'll be off work until at least January 18. I am NOT looking forward to this.

Jim

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Hey Jim!

Thanks for the note. The pirate walked away with a black eye and a bloody lip. I don't go down easy laugh

Best wishes for tomorrow with your surgery! You'll be in our thoughts and we look forward to hearing from you when you are back and able to type.

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Yes - Jim, we'll say a prayer for you. Hope that recovery is quick and fairly painless.

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Good luck with the surgery Jim.

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Good Luck Jim!!! We'll be thinking of you.

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Good luck Jim!

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Have a good surgery Jim!

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LeCellierBuff1963 wrote:
Jeff,

Glad you're coming along nicely. Did you get in a few punches at the pirate before he slit your throat?

Everyone, my gallbladder surgery is Friday (the nurse will call me tomorrow with the time). I'll be staying overnight at my brother's house, so I will likely be offline until Saturday night. I'll be off work until at least January 18. I am NOT looking forward to this.

Jim

Had that surgery done a few years ago. It's not too bad, you'll just feel like you've been punched in the stomach 1000x for a few days. I found having a chair next to the bed to lean on helped in the standing up process the first day or two because my stomach muscles hurt too much to sit up on my own. Good luck. crossfingers

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Good morning!

Spent the last two nights at my brother's house and had the surgery yesterday morning. The full medical term for this procedure is LAPARASCOPIC CHOLECYSTECTOMY, and the only reason I know that is that it's in the paperwork I brought home. The operation took about an hour, I was in recovery for an hour and a half, then went back to my brother's house. I have four incisions in my belly, and I feel as if 500 pirates of the Caribbean took left-right shots to my stomach. They all stood in line and came one after the other. I am on percocet as needed for pain. While I will try to get digital pictures of my scars, they will in no way compare to JeffC's scar from his surgery. I was very tense during the prep (reflected in my blood pressure), but in the end made my brother and sister-in-law proud by not wussing out. Because the anesthetic was fed through the IV (the nurses loved my veins because they were so easy to access), I didn't have to breathe in any stinky gas that makes me throw up. Yay me!

Jim

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Yay you, glad the surgery went well and hope the recovery goes even better.

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I am glad the surgery went well and I hope you have a speedy recovery!

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