Sacroiliac Joint Fusion Surgery:: Day One

I made it through.


This is gonna be brief but I wanted to touch base and say that everything went okay with my minimally invasive sacroiliac joint fusion.


There were several mishaps when we got here yesterday (hotel booking misunderstanding) and meds (I thought I left them behind.) After I had a meltdown I was much better.


Slept well last night.


Surgery was pretty routine. One of the things I was worried about was nausea from the anesthesia and the pain meds. I wore a scopolamine patch and I think it really helped. I wasn’t sick when I woke up, but I was in a lot of pain. So they gave me a ton of pain meds and later as I started trying to get up to walk, I was so woozy I threw up (just a little, though.) They discharged me around 2 pm, and I’ve been resting in the hotel room ever since. I’ve been trying to take it easy on the pain meds due to the nausea concern, but I can’t get comfortable without them. So I just took a Phenergan pill before taking another muscle relaxer. Ugh. It’s a vicious cycle. And then I’m just knocked out sleeping. Can’t eat much yet.


So I have bad news and good news after today. The bad news is that Dr. Beck said that after operating on me, he thinks at some point I’m going to have address the L4-L5 facet problem. He’d seen my MRI, and said it looked like it may be a problem. But somehow when he got up in there today it confirmed it all over again for him. Update: I got some additional info from my daughter last night. I misunderstood the context. She said he came out of the OR with a big grin on his face and said the sacroiliac joint fusion surgery couldn’t have gone any better, that he didn’t really have anything to report except that at some point I’ll probably have to address L4-L5. And I already knew that. So that comment was more of an afterthought than something he felt he needed to address. 


The good news is that even though I am swollen and in some pain, I feel very straight and stable. Before my sacroiliac joint fusion, I always walked forward with my left foot pointing forward, and my right one rotated about 15 degrees outward. Now when I walk, everything is pointing forward without any effort on my part. I used to try and make it do that myself but it always resulted in knee, back and hip pain. I am very happy and hopeful about this.


Today: lots of pain, some nausea and exhaustion. Can’t write anymore tonight. I’ll check back in tomorrow.


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