Scheduled my PLIF
I've been mostly lurking, but wanted to post. I have spondylolisthesis and spinal stenosis, among other things, and went to a neurosurgeon today for a second opinion before I decided on surgery. His opinion was the same as the ortho...PLIF is needed. So we scheduled the procedure for July 10.
I have a pretty good idea what is all involved...but I know I'm going to go through the major anxiety issues now leading up to surgery. I'm no stranger to surgical issues...but part of the ordeal for me is going through a process of almost grieving for the loss of a "normal" body, free of instrumentation, etc. So I'm feeling kind of queasy and nauseous right now. :( Thinking about the pain I'll go through...recovery issues...general unknowns. I feel like I could use a valium or something today. LOL Just need to vent, I guess.
Thanks for reading...any words of encouragement or advice on anything related to the surgery would be greatly appreciated.
BTW, it's a PLIF for L5 S1.