Presurgical Consultation

Brandon had another appointment today with Dr. Carlstrom.  This was to go over the surgery and what to expect post-operatively.  Brandon, Brad, and my dad were all at the appointment, but do you think they would get the name of this?  No.  So I guess I can’t google it.  There probably wouldn’t be much on the computer anyways since there are only 20-30 documented cases of this in the world; however, Brandon is the first one to have this in his spine.  I guess it has been found elsewhere, like in the shoulders and knees.  Dr. Carlstrom said that if this goes well, he is going to write it up in a medical journal.  The surgery is now going to be next Wed. instead of Monday and he is expected to be in the hospital 3-4 days.  To start with, Dr. Carlstrom will only be making one incision in the back of the neck to remove the tumor, cyst, lesion, whatever you want to call it and to do the fusion.  The fusion is going to be a difficult one because this “thing” has been eating away at his cervical vertebrae, so there is going to be a lot of hardware put in and wired together. It is also important for them to get all of this out because if there is any left in, it will continue to grow and eat away at his bone.  The good news from the appointment is that Brandon might not have to wear a halo.  He won’t even wear a collar after surgery.  The bad news is that this is going to be a very painful recovery, but we all know that Brandon is tough and can handle pain, so maybe with a little . . . or a lot of help from narcotics, he’ll be OK.  About two weeks after his surgery he’ll come back for a follow-up appointment and for x-rays and if at that time the fusion looks like it has slipped or isn’t fusing like he wants it to, then he may have to have another surgery, an ACF (anterior cervical fusion), which is a fusion done from the front side of the neck and a halo might be placed.   So we will pray for a successful first surgery and for good pain control.


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Brandy
    Dec 29, 2008 @ 17:18:08

    Yikes, I know you will all be glad when this is over. It’s not always fun to be on the receiving end of the “I’m going to write this up in a journal…” comment. I hope it goes realllly well and that Brandon’s recovery is not as painful as expected.


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