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I have been reading your posts with great interest and thought it might be helpful to share my experience at Mayo in Rochester. I am having surgery on my cervical spine at Mayo two weeks from today. I will be 66 this summer, have asthma, and am a Type II diabetic. I also weigh 250 pounds. My orthopedic surgeon at Mayo thinks I will have a good outcome from surgery despite my other health issues…he just wants my blood glucose to be under a certain level.
I was a self-referral to Mayo about three years ago because of issues related to my lower spine. I will need lumbar fusion in the future but the orthopedist at Mayo found the cervical spine issues on an MRI and believes the cervical spine fusion needs to come first. Do not hesitate to contact Mayo. Please let me know if you have questions.

All the best,

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@bernese53 Good luck with your surgery, Helen. I'll be thinking of you. You will be in great hands at Mayo and everyone is so kind there. I had a fusion at C5 C6 and had a great recovery, and it didn't hurt as much as I had imagined, and I didn't use pain medication post op and I could manage OK. I also have asthma, and did have some extra phlegm after the anesthesia and had to use my nebulizer, so watch for that and use your medications if you have trouble breathing. You'll be tired, so pay attention to your breathing. You might ask for the breathing exercise thing people use after surgery to keep lungs clear, and being up and walking will help too. Pneumonia can be a complication after surgery if you don't get your lungs cleared. I was also a self referral to Mayo too.

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