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Had Surgery on neck

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#1 Buttons


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Posted 19 December 2010 - 06:07 AM

Hi everyone,

I thought I'd try to update you since I actually had the surgery done last Wednesday!

It took about 4 hours and they had some problems because one of the discs had collapsed so much they couldn't get the titanium cage in so they put a piece of calcium to help it to fuse. I'm having some swallowing difficulties so hoping that this will settle once the swelling goes down; if it doesn't I may have to go back in & they will have to remove one of the plates & put a different one in due to the fact that one of the screws is slightly proud. I feel quite weak but I can move my head a little & some of the tingling etc. has gone already which is good. I am restricted with how I move etc. for the next 6 - 8 weeks but will take about 3 months for it to be fully fused.

Well I need to go because can't sit for too long at the computer.


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Posted 19 December 2010 - 07:14 AM

Wow, Buttons,

Sounds like extensive surgery. I hope they don't have to go in again. It sounds like a long recovery but I am hopeful that you will be better than new!

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 07:29 AM

Hi Buttons

So nice to hear from you! I'm sure glad you made it through that...you must be so happy knowing the surgery part is behind you.

I hope your swallowing difficulties go away with the swelling quickly. No doubt, that's creating a little havoc for you there.

Make sure you get lots of rest and don't over-do anything....we want you to have a speedy recovery!

Season's Greetings (just in case it's a few weeks before we hear back from you)!!

Take care, we'll await your next update when able...but don't rush that for us either!! We're happy to know you are home and recovering.
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 08:26 AM

Hi Buttons

I'm so glad to hear that you've had your surgery and that it does sound as though it's going to be successful. It's obviously early days at the moment but hopefully the swelling will go down and they won't need to do any further operations.

Get well very soon and keep us posted with frequent updates! :flowers:

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Posted 19 December 2010 - 11:20 AM

What a trooper you are.
I certainly did not have anything anywhere near as extensive as you had but even then I found I had some trouble swallowing for about a month or so just due to the swelling at sugical site. It seems that any pressure in that area has a big effect. Hopefully you will also find it getting better as the trauma of the surgery resolves. That is a great sign that you have less tingling even though it's early days yet.
You will be in my thoughts. (((hugs)))

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 12:05 AM

Hi Buttons,

I'm delighted that you made it through your neck surgery. Here are some flowers for you during your lengthy recuperation.

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#7 Jeannie McClelland

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 03:25 AM

Hi Buttons,

Some people will do anything just to be able to stay inside and away from the cold and snow! :lol:

Seriously, I'm glad the surgery is now (hopefully) a thing of the past and you can look forward to getting steadily better. I hope everyone is treating you like a princess and you are being spoiled rotten!

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#8 Amanda Thorpe

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 03:47 AM

Hello Buttons

I'm glad it's over and hope you now heal well and don't have to go back for anymore treatment. :flowers:

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 10:45 AM

Take care of yourself, Buttons. So glad your surgery is behind you now! Whew!!!
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Posted 20 December 2010 - 10:57 AM

Hi Buttons,

Thank you so much letting us know you had your neck surgery. Please do take it easy and I will be thinking of you throughout your recovery. Warm & gentle :emoticon-hug:

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 11:22 AM

Hi, Buttons

Wishing you all the best for a speedy recovery, take care, and have a very happy holiday season.
sincerely, northstarhope* :emoticon-hug:

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 01:41 PM

Hey Buttons, So glad you are ok. Major surgery like that sure can take it out of you! I hope
you heal fast!! Keep us posted! :emoticon-hug:

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Posted 20 December 2010 - 03:28 PM

Hi Buttons :)

I'm really glad the surgery went well! I wish you a speedy and easy recovery!