Thursday, March 13, 2008
Please keep Ron (my hubby) in your prayers.
He is undergoing cervical spinal cord surgery on March 17th. After months of being treated for the wrong medical problems, (thanks for diagnosing the right thing, Cousin Carol!) he was diagnosed with compressive myelopathies, compression of the spine, spinal cord stenosis, and degenerative disc disease (to name a few). He is having 2 surgeons, the 1st, an ENT surgical specialist to open him. It is very complex as they need to start below his ear, go down and then across his throat. They have to move everything in there away to reach to the spine, larynx, carotid arteries, jugular vein, esophagus, etc.... Then the neurosurgeon. It is is high risk surgery and will take 10 - 12 hours..
As with any operation, there are risks involved with cervical spine surgery. Possible complications include injury to your spinal cord, nerves, esophagus, carotid artery or vocal cords; non-healing of the bony fusion; failure to improve; instrumentation breakage and/or failure; infection; bone graft site pain. Any of these complications may lead to more surgery. Other complications may include phlebitis in your legs, blood clots in the lungs or urinary problems. Rare complications include paralysis and possibly death. Needless to say, we are worried, very worried.
The drs considered also doing his T 1 and T2, by flipping him over after the cervical is done, but decided it was just too high risk because of the extensive work they need to do on the cervical spine. So those will be done later in the year.
Please say prayers, lots of them for Ron. He is just the greatest husband, father and Poppy, a family could wish for...