Brought to you from the UCSF ICU/Floor, they will portray me as i have rather major surgery, probably will be in a halo for a week, then will finish it off with a second procedure. 3-4 days later I'll be discharged.
My rant on my medical issues can be found here: http://www.teamliquid.net/blogs/viewblog.php?id=211684
I think a lot of what happens in a hospital or after a major surgery isn't terribly well known. I'll try to keep a list of what happens at each time. Being at UCSF, a world class hospital, I'll try and compare it to my prior experiences at other facilities and hospitals. I'll be on really strong morphine tomorrow, and probably the day after, so things may be a little bit off. I'll have a rather long break.
For those of you interested, the surgeons plan on removing bone at the C7 T1 juncture and tilt back my head. My spinal fusion has pseudoarthritis at that juncture, and has fallen forward, contributing to poor posture. From there the two surgeons will pull my head back up. In hte process they will retool my entire spinal fusion, removing screws from low in the fusion, due to the extremely poor placement of the first procedure. In the middle they will fix poorly inserted screws, and they will pull back the head at the top. The surgeon will attempt to affix at C5, and if necessary use a halo to stabilize until the anterior procedure can occur in six days. If not necessary a cervical collar will be used. If inadequate fixture can be achieved, they will fuse from the top of my existing fusion (c5) to T2. I really want to avoid this, but there is around a ten percent chance of it happening.
Around 5 % of being in halo for 4 weeks post op.
My second procedure is anterior. They will remove a frontal plate, and insert a new one bridging the juncture.
They will take bone marrow from the hip in the middle of this. They'll try to fix my neck scar which is big and inflamed.
Anyways, it'll be a while guys. Things should work out, I should be able to resume lifting, I'll go to UCSD in relatively good shape, etc. I'll bring you part 1 as soon as I am coherent post-op.