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#21 Rob McKee

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:21 PM

I wish you all the best with your surgery Kevin. Remember the doctors are performing these operations everyday. With the technology they have at hand now they can work with precision.


I know it is tough not to worry when you are faced with such a serious situation.


Your faith in the doctors and god will get you through.


We'll all be here for you when you are feeling better.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:32 PM

You are in the boat I was in, no other alternative! So you just have faith in the skill God gave the surgeon and go.

Unfortunately after showing some improvement shortly after surgery mine started getting worse and here I sit. I know that one day I will have to go back again but will wait until again the pain is so bad or my mobility so impaired that there is no other way.

Now, I have seen way more good outcomes than bad and it leans more to the good with each passing year as skills and technology have greatly improved! So the chance of a meaningful recovery is far greater than back in 97 when I had mine done.

No doubt you will discover that from that point on you will have limitation, but if they can alleviate the pain the mobility limits are easier to deal with.

Good luck and we will keep you in our thoughts and prayers to help see you through! :)

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 06:51 PM

My pastors wife had this surgery, as well as another friend of mine, they both came out well. There are a couple more that I know that went through it, All are well.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:36 PM

I've broken my back twice and my neck once so I know EXACTLY what you are going through. The absolute BEST advice I can give you is to listen to what the doctors tell you about allowing yourself to fully heal. The worst thing you can do is to try to push yourself too soon and screw up what they just fixed. You are going to have a bit of pain at first of course and probably eventually be a little achey when the barometric pressure drops right before a storm but it will be NOTHING compared to what I'm quite sure you have now.

#25 Harry P.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:00 PM

I've broken my back twice and my neck once...


Geez, what are you? A stunt man or something?

#26 Greg Wann

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 08:08 PM

There is a guy here at work that had surgery on his back and neck and is doing very well.  My sister in law had back surgey and it went well too.  She was mis diagnosed several times for whatever reason.  She is a teacher on her feet all day long.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:02 PM

I have had this suregery myself. And the difference before and after is well worth it in my honest opinion. I was up and moving about just hours after surgery. Didnt use painkillers either afterwards. The only thing my doctor instructed med to, was not to lift anything heavy for the first week, and move about.

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 09:38 PM

You'll get there. With competent physicians, good therapists (and if she's nice and cute, that makes the hurt SO much less!), and allowing yourself adequate time to recover, you'll make it through just fine.


May the doctors have their dexterity and may your fears be fully allayed.


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Posted 12 February 2013 - 03:09 AM

Hey Kevin, it will be ok. You don't ever hear of stories where something went wrong in an operation like that. Those doctors know what they are doing and only the best perform operations like that. Try not to worry, everything will be ok and you'll feel much better after they get you fixed up!

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:52 AM

Good luck.  I hope everything heals quickly and you're back on your feet soon.  :)

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 04:56 AM

Faith, positive thinking and prayers will help ease your mind a bit.   You have a lot of people here wishing you all the best thru your surgery and recovery, myself included.  Soon you'll be here, telling us how smooth and easy everything was.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 08:08 AM

Good luck Kevin, and may god bless. You know, I just saw a TV commercial for minimally invasive back surgery. If I see it again I'll PM you. 

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 10:51 AM

I'm reclined with the laptop in my lap reading each response while my L5 disc continues to shoot pain into my right hip, down the outside of the leg and back across the front shin. Had a MRI yesterday morning. I've dealt with mine off and on since 2005. The Doc said that this is caused most times by sneezing, coughing or vomiting. Mine was the latter, a stomach virus. I've had injetions, therapy and been lucky until this episode that started last week. Ironically, I was working on enclosing an area in the basement for model work. Sheet rock and insulation is up on the walls and I'm down. :D


I, like you and most other folks are really paranoid about getting their back cut on. I may have to make that decision soon as well. I have a lot of confidence in the Doc I see for this. I think that's key in this situation. Keep us updated on your progress. Good luck!

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 01:02 PM



I, like you and most other folks are really paranoid about getting their back cut on. I may have to make that decision soon as well. I have a lot of confidence in the Doc I see for this. I think that's key in this situation. Keep us updated on your progress. Good luck!


That says it all right there!!! Word of mouth is the best indicator. Asking around friends, neighbors, co-workers and even family members you will be amazed at what you can find out as to a Doctors success rate!

That is how I found the doctor that did my hip replacement and who will soon be doing the other one!

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 09:30 AM

Thank's so much to all of you that have responded. Gregg is right, we are a family of sorts here. It never ceases to amaze me how quickly folks come together over a crisis. Wether it be the winter storm Nemo, or something as mundane as my surgery. I say "mundane" because the fantastic support i've recieved here makes it seem so. I know quite well that I can be an abrasive personality, and to see such support even from some folks that i've rubbed the wrong way (so to speak) has lifted my spirits like you wouldn't believe. Some of you have even taken the time to message me privately and that means so much to me.


I'm only vertical due to the pain medication, and i'm gratefull for it because it has allowed me to continue to participate here on the board, which is most definitely a morale boost of first quality. So i'm just taking a moment from other ramblings in other topics just to let you all know what an awesome bunch of guys and gals you are.


Harry P. inadvertently reminded me of something my grampa said many long years ago. "Son, worrying has never once solved a problem...but it has created bigger ones." I miss my grampa.


Thanks to all for reading and thank you all so much for the support. :) 

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:19 AM

My brother had a ruptured disc in his lower back about 15 years ago.

He said he felt better in the recovery room after the surgery!


You will too.  Good luck,and try not to worry too much.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 10:49 AM

I wish for you a speedy and complete recovery. I am sure you will be back at the bench in no time.

Just do everything the doctors and rehab people tell you.