Having back surgery on Dec. 19th. Fusion of L5-S1 with bone from pelvis and some "hardware". Doc has been great with the exception of what I'm in for in terms of post-op pain and recovery. Basically, he's told me "it varies." I do know I'll be hospitalized for at least 2 nights. [more inside]
posted by jrchaplin
on Dec 14, 2013 -
Our 40 pound terrier mix injured her ACL yesterday and is badly limping. The vet's advice is ambiguous. I'd like to hear from people whose dogs have had ACL injuries, or people who know more about it than I do. [more inside]
posted by third rail
on Dec 4, 2013 -
I just had a complicated detached retina repaired. Now my eye doctor has prescribed oral steroids (prednisolone). I don't know how long the overall course is planned to be but I'm tapering down from 60mg/day to 7.5 mg/day over about 8 or 9 weeks, when I see the doctor again.
I'm freaking out about side effects and withdrawal. Please tell me your personal experiences with oral steroids and suggest what I should do (without giving me medical advice).
posted by mgrrl
on Oct 31, 2013 -
Looking for guided meditations/mindfulness practices specifically for help with post-surgical pain, besides Jon Kabat-Zinn's Mindfulness Meditation for Pain Relief
. [more inside]
posted by scody
on Oct 30, 2013 -
I will have to spend between one and two months on bed rest, not in my own home but in a hotel. How do I not go crazy? [more inside]
posted by CrazyLemonade
on Oct 28, 2013 -
I remember reading a passage about (I think) the art & science of surgery, in which a professor or older physician remarked that every once in a while, a medical student would come along who was an immediate standout in their class and a natural in surgery. What book/article was this from? Bonus question: what are some other instances of this "trope" in different careers/skills?
posted by averageamateur
on Oct 25, 2013 -
I have large patches of raised scars and broken blood vessels across huge areas of my body. (I'm an adult in my twenties.) None of this was ever self-inflicted, nor desired in any way at any time. Can any of this be fixed medically/surgically if I save up the money? What about the purple/red marks crisscrossing my flesh? I know that laser surgery is possible for single scars, and to remove tattoos, but as for improving skin quality, I have no idea. Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
posted by quiet earth
on Oct 20, 2013 -
If anyone here has undergone a biceps tenodesis as treatment for a torn labrum, I would be very interested to hear about your experiences in surgery, rehab and how it ultimately worked out for you. Especially if you do regular weight training and/or active sports like basketball. At age 43 I'm a little nervous about this and would appreciate hearing from someone who's had this done.
posted by Alaska Jack
on Oct 17, 2013 -
I'm scheduled to have a breast reduction next Tuesday, and am hoping for tips, advice, and any other information other Mefites who have undergone this procedure would like to share. [more inside]
posted by Squeak Attack
on Oct 9, 2013 -
Had my second operation yesterday. First was an unsuccessful laminectomy in May,2011. This one is a neurostimulator. Anyone have ideas for a good rehab regimen and/orpitfalls to look out for?
posted by scottymac
on Sep 21, 2013 -
It's time for me to consider strabismus surgery for myself and I'm hoping that someone here has experience doing this with an opthamologist in or around San Jose.
A little help?
posted by Tell Me No Lies
on Sep 16, 2013 -
I was recently given a cost breakdown of some periodontal surgery I need and want to compare it with others.
Is the hive aware of a place on the web I can visit to compare such things.
Just want to get an idea if I am being charged fairlydentals, surgery [more inside]
posted by citybuddha
on Sep 4, 2013 -
Negotiating self pay medical bill. I want to have an idea of how much the surgical practice/surgeon would have been paid if the patient had had insurance.
How much will they get if they hire a collection agency? Do they get a percentage or just sell the debit for a fixed price?
The patient is being billed 1850.00 self pay for the procedure.
The procedure was at a major Boston hospital and the patient is being billed self pay due to a temporary lapse in subsidized insurance. The hospital has already written off the bill. The billing date was sometime around the end of March 2013.
The patient has been told by the billing organization that represents the surgeon that they have to deal directly with the surgeon or their practice.
posted by flummox
on Aug 27, 2013 -
Eleven hours ago our 80 pound dog, Oscar, put both his front paws through a small pane of glass in a set of french doors which resulted in lacerations to the "back" of both front legs. Thankfully we were home and reacted quickly by summoning our neighbor who is an exotic pet veterinarian. She was able to wrap up both legs and call ahead to the ER vet. Even with this quick reaction Oscar still lost a lot of blood and did pretty serious damage to one of his legs. The ER vet was able to repair the severed (partially or completely, they did not provide specifics) muscle, tendon and artery and we were able to bring him home about six hours ago. Now what? [more inside]
posted by FlamingBore
on Aug 24, 2013 -
My husband is taking one for the team...so to speak. He's going in for a vasectomy on Wednesday, and has already planned to take the next day off from (office) work. Aside from frozen peas and ice cream, what can I do to make it easier on him? [more inside]
posted by ninjakins
on Aug 12, 2013 -
My Mom is a recently retired professor in her mid 60s who has had been interrupted in enjoying the neat stuff she had lined up to do by some back problems that now require a fusion of a couple discs in her spine to permanently remedy the condition. She is going into surgery this week. I'd appreciate any advice or information that anyone who has been through something similar would have liked to hear in advance, that wasn't covered in the usual consults. [more inside]
posted by snuffleupagus
on Aug 12, 2013 -
I don't require surgery. Yet.
Yet is the word that I keep thinking. I think I'm better off planning surgery now than needing it as an emergency, which is a possibility (but I don't know how likely).
I have a 8 cm simple cyst just chilling between my ovaries. It was discovered in May due to a (probably) unrelated MRI. Following up with an ultrasound has shown that
a) it doesn't appear to be attached to my ovaries, or anything else and
b) it hasn't changed since May.
Of course, I have no idea how long it's actually been there. My doctor doesn't think surgery is *required*, but is sort of recommending it.
I'm scared. I don't know how to plan for this, or what questions to ask. [more inside]
posted by anxioushermit
on Aug 6, 2013 -
I'm having double jaw surgery in a week. When I check in on the day of my surgery, I'll have the option to upgrade from a ward to a private or semi-private room. My insurance covers this, but as a healthy, unfussy 19-year-old, am I obligated to leave these rooms for those who need them more? [more inside]
posted by stravinsky
on Aug 6, 2013 -
Somehow having a chronic illness became my hobby for the past year. Now I'm getting better and I want to stop dwelling on it, but I don't remember how I used to pass the time. Snowflake details inside. [more inside]
posted by telegraph
on Aug 6, 2013 -
As a professional opera singer, I will not risk vocal-fold damage by undergoing endotracheal intubation. I've read several sources that say it's possible (and even preferable) to do a laproscopic tubal ligation without intubating, but my scheduled surgeon/anaesthetist will not perform the procedure without shoving a tube down my throat. Can you recommend someone who will, or advise me on how to find them? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Aug 1, 2013 -
What are the future employment options / career trajectory for someone who has just completed their third year of a surgical residency and who has passed their third-year boards, but who has dropped out of the program? [more inside]
posted by QuantumMeruit
on Jul 29, 2013 -
I had a surgery in Finland by Sakari Orava (the same surgeon who did David Beckham's Achilles), where can I find stories, anecdotes, data, or anything about people who have had the exact same, or very similar surgeries, (on both legs at the same time is even better) I want to gain any information I can on prognosis, anecdotes, struggles, pitfalls, success rates, etc. [more inside]
posted by crawltopslow
on Jul 23, 2013 -
My puppy was neutered yesterday and today the incision area seems to be infected. How do I keep him from jumping up on and down from my bed during the night? [more inside]
posted by lunasol
on Jul 16, 2013 -
I broke my leg 10 days ago, and had surgery on it this past weekend. While I've been fine hopping around the house and to doctor's offices in shorty-shorts or mens basketball shorts I've started thinking about what I should wear back to the office. [more inside]
posted by fontophilic
on Jul 16, 2013 -
If a dog has the Tightrope cruciate ligament repair surgery, is it possible to tear it again? [more inside]
posted by jwfree
on Jul 15, 2013 -
I'm having laparoscopic gallbladder removal in a few weeks, because my body has been so kind as to create a stone there roughly the size of a golf ball. Hurray for me! If you've had this procedure, could you share your experiences with me? [more inside]
posted by jbickers
on Jul 12, 2013 -
I had planned surgery yesterday, which was cancelled on the part of the surgery center because of equipment issues. I originally paid a deposit to lock in the date/time, and also made a partial payment on a CC the day before (because it was not my card and the cardholder wouldn't be present on the procedure day). Am I right in demanding a refund of the money paid thus far, and is it actually illegal for them to NOT refund me? [more inside]
posted by ancient star
on Jul 10, 2013 -
A relative of mine is having the entirety of her teeth replaced by what I think is called an implant-supported bridge. I'm caring for her the day of the surgery, but
1) I'm not super-awesome, or anyway, super-intuitive at nursing people
2) I'm not at ALL familiar with this type of procedure
3) Said relative is very ashamed of the situation and thus VERY vague about the actual terms, details, and recovery situation. She...tends to be a little in denial about stuff, I tend to take her statements with a grain of salt.
So I would appreciate anything you all can offer in terms of advice, or in procedure-specific tips and information. [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend
on Jul 8, 2013 -
I have heard that hospitals and surgeons have to report success rates for specific surgeries. Do you know where these databases can be accessed? Thanks!
posted by bobbyno
on Jun 24, 2013 -
I was touched inappropriately during my oral surgery today, and I would like to get some advice on what to do about it. Full details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Jun 21, 2013 -
my fiancee is getting a surgery inserting a collagen-based nerve guide conduit for ulnal nerve repair in his ring finger, what can I do to help him prepapre for the surgery, what things should he know, and what can I do to help him recover
posted by denimchair
on Jun 18, 2013 -
I'm having major surgery and despite working in healthcare, am nervous off my rocker because I've personally never had surgery or anesthesia before. I'm also worried about life while healing and staying active while healing. Please help. [more inside]
posted by floweredfish
on Jun 17, 2013 -
I had surgery this morning to remove another kidney stone. Tomorrow is my birthday and 4 year anniversary with my boyfriend. Any ideas on how to have a special day in the house? More info inside... [more inside]
posted by KogeLiz
on Jun 6, 2013 -
, Shoggoth, just had to have six teeth extracted due to FORLs, including one of these fangs
I'm curious about whether any Mefites who know about vet stuff can explain some of the mechanics of this to me. [more inside]
posted by lollusc
on Jun 5, 2013 -
I've been diagnosed with a moderate to large disc extrusion of the L4-L5 disc. It's been causing me pain for nearly a year so I'm glad to finally get a reason. Next step treatment but I'm nervous. [more inside]
posted by billiebee
on May 10, 2013 -
My mom needs cataract surgery. Medi-Cal and Healthy Way LA are not an option. Can you help her find it? [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk
on May 6, 2013 -
About 8 weeks ago I sliced the flexor profundus tendon that allows the tip of my right pinky to function. I had surgery and have now subsequently re-severed the healing tendon, requiring ANOTHER round of surgery to try to repair again. Should I go through with this? Issues related to post-operative depression, unemployment, and general existentialist angst inside. See previous
. [more inside]
posted by jnnla
on Apr 16, 2013 -
My dentist says they should come out because they will eventually rot and worse, allow decay on my second molars. My surgeon says that while there is decay on one of the wisdom teeth, there is actually a tendency for older people to get fewer cavities. I am having trouble processing this and other information. How do I decide? What other data and information should I collect? [more inside]
posted by starkraven
on Apr 12, 2013 -
I have seriously messed-up teeth that make me absolutely despise the way I look and continue to make me increasingly unable to eat pizza, sandwiches, or any other food whose consumption requires front teeth that come within a quarter-inch of each other. A visit to the orthodontist has alerted me to the fact that I may require maxillofacial/orthognathic/corrective jaw surgery ($$$$$$$$$$$$) in addition to braces ($$$).
While I live in the U.S. and am lucky enough to possess fairly decent medical and dental insurance, I don't have very much money to throw at the problem. What should/can I do next? If you've had a similar experience, what did/would you do? [more inside]
posted by divined by radio
on Apr 11, 2013 -
5 days ago, had general anesthesia lapropscopic surgery for salpingo oopherectomy (badly scarred right ovary and tube removed), appendectomy, D&C and exploratory surgery found massive adhesions and one intestinal cyst. Everything was cleaned up, I was sent home that afternoon with 2 days of Percocet and given basic after-care instructions. [more inside]
posted by kinetic
on Apr 8, 2013 -
How do I figure out the details on a tricky health insurance situation so I am not doing anything shady, but also don't accidentally end up many thousand of dollars in debt? [more inside]
posted by anonymous
on Apr 5, 2013 -
I'm having a total hip replacement in five weeks. While this is a fairly routine operation, I had some pretty traumatic experiences with surgery/hospitals/recovery during my childhood, so it's hard for me to think about this whole process without digging up those memories. I'd like advice on how to manage my anxiety in the coming weeks. More details inside. [more inside]
posted by amandi
on Mar 11, 2013 -
I had hand surgery this morning under general anesthesia. About 12 hours after the surgery, I seem to have developed an allergy attack (I do not normally have allergies, but perhaps one or two attacks a year). My nasal passages are swollen and I am sneezing. Is this normal? Might it be a result of the anesthesia? I have a follow-up tomorrow, but should I be concerned this evening?
posted by blurker
on Mar 7, 2013 -
I'm looking for opinions and stories from people who've torn their ACL but elected not
to get surgery. How much physical activity can you still do? [more inside]
posted by StrawberryPie
on Mar 3, 2013 -
if you get a cut on your face that requires stitches and you go to the ER is it better to ask for a plastic surgeon or a maxillofacial to stitch you up? And is the hospital required to give you one if you ask for it?
posted by john123357
on Feb 28, 2013 -
Following some intense pain I felt back in August
, I began going to doctors to figure out the cause. I've been diagnosed with osteoarthritis. I am in my mid-twenties. I could use some help figuring out my next medical and legal steps. [more inside]
posted by Sakura3210
on Feb 28, 2013 -