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Old 09-17-2011, 12:10 PM   #16
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So you are posting this on a DIY Forum for advice???

Okay, let's get started...

1. Are the screws Philips or Torx?
2. Do you own a sharp knife?
3. Does your wife sew?
4. Do you have a counter top that is at least seven feet long?
5. Have you got a roll of paper towels handy?
6. Do you have a bullet to bite on?
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Old 09-17-2011, 12:34 PM   #17
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And Bud, that is what sets us apart from those other DIY sites. Not only can you get input on home projects, we also throw in some helpful insight in fixing medical situations, like broken bomes and the such.

Btw, you left out the taking a swig of whiskey, with a splash on the incision site.
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Btw, you left out the taking a swig of whiskey, with a splash on the incision site.
That's what the bullet was for. It could be used in more than one way I suppose.

Tune in next Wednesday at 8a CST when we will be performing brain surgery.
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Shouldn't those screws all be the same length?

Best of luck. My wife has had that procedure, and I expect to in the future.
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GregZ - that sucks!! I had a rod in my Tibia for 18 months and one of the screws protruded 1 cm out of the bone into my muscle (it was too long). They had to wait to revise the surgery until my Tibia healed (head-on MVA). It caused a fibrous scar in my muscle that I still have 18 years later.

BTW - Orthos are just carpenters with MDs. They like nothing better than power tools and titanium parts.
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Doc, you are real funny. Of course the one they use costs probably as much as my first time with this surgery.
It sucks you have to go through this again. I am sure it isn't easy. It also stinks that this is one area where there is no warranty work...
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One of the screws holding the plate on the Cervical Vertrebrae is backing out, so two weeks on the 29th, I go back under. They do not know if the bone is too brittle. When the dr. said that, I swore there were dollar signs in his eyes.

He said, that I am only the second patient out of the hundreds he has worked on, that this has happened.
I wish you the best and expect you back here asap! All the best.

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Best wishes, Greg, for a successful surgery and a speedy recovery.
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Good luck!
Our thoughts are with you!

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sending positive thoughts and energy for you my friend! hope everything works out financially and you have a speedy recovery.
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Still a go for this Thursday. They are removing the left screw from c-4, which leaves the right screw in the plate, along with those in c-5 to c-6. Looks like I get to be off from work until Dec. 1st, as long as nothing else goes wrong between now and then.

On top of this, my wife had an appointment to have a biopsy done on a spot on the bridge of her nose, to see if it may be skin cancer. That we will not find out for 7-10 days. Her brother had a spot treated for skin cancer not too long ago, so it looks like it might run in the family.

Like they say, what may not take you down, will only make you stronger.
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GregZ - thinking @ you tonight. Hope things go well tomorrow.

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Best of luck Greg.
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All the best Greg! Iím sure itíll go well and youíll be free of this problem once and for all.
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