Thanks everyone for all your care and support.
I have had many emails showing concern, and support in regards to my upcoming back surgery. Originally the surgery was scheduled for December 17th, however at this time it has been cancelled.
To make a very long story short, I had been told by 1 of the 2 surgeons operating on me that there was a 50/50 of me surviving this due to the very real possibility that they could run into some arteries or veins that could bleed. The surgery is very risky, and to remove the artificial disc that is in place, the surgeon told me that they may actually have to remove a 1-2in section of my back bone to expose that replacement disc so they could pull it out. That section of bone has arteries and veins that have attached themselves to it due to the previous surgery.
Needless to say, when the surgeon had told me this news, I had decided to back out of the surgery. Did I mention that 2 patients in the Buffalo, NY area had died from this procedure? Neither had my surgeon operating on him, and I found out that my surgeon has one of the best reputations in the country!
After having this discussion with the one surgeon, I talked with my neuro surgeon. He told me that he did not feel that they would have to remove this section of bone, and also the surgeon that had given me these stats, didn't have a chance to discuss all the details of my surgery with my neurosurgeon.
As of now, I am signed up to have this done. Both surgeons have discussed the details of my surgery and they have come up with a few ways to give me a much more positive outcome. For instance if they run into a bleeder, than will have this wire and balloon system set up where these tiny wires will be inserted into the veins and arteries in the surgical site. If I start bleeding, the balloons are inflated, and the bleeding stops.
This is a very complex surgery and yes, there are still risks, just as there are with any type of surgery. As of now, there is no date set but I will be calling today to try and get it scheduled.
I want to thank everyone for there love and support during this painful and frustrating time of my life.
Laura, you have been a rock for me, making me feel like I will get through this, especially on the days when I just feel like whining and being miserable!
Thanks again everybody and I will keep you all informed!