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Tue, Apr 30 5:24pm · Had spine surgery: Struggling with post-surgery depression in Spine Health

I am 10 days post-op; I had surgery on my cervical spine on April 19 (a 2-level disk removal plus fusion). The surgery went well and I have been very lucky in terms of minimal pain. However, over the last few days, I have been really struggling with depression. I am supposed to take brief walks but find it very difficult to actually get out of bed and walk. I have been taking antidepressants and continue to do so. I am wearing a hard cervical collar 24/7 and cannot drive. My husband works long hours and so I spend most of my days alone. In addition, our house has very steep steps and I am very afraid of falling so I have been confined to the second floor. Any suggestions for coping with the post-op depression?

Fri, Apr 5 3:55pm · Grade III spondylolisthesis, bilateral, ++++pain in Spine Health


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,

Thu, Feb 14 1:54pm · Weaning off zolpidem (Ambien) in Sleep Health

I don't see anything either. I think the issue is one of quantity…a prescription for 60 pills to be filled at the same time.

Sat, Feb 9 7:47pm · Cervical stenosis in Spine Health

Thank you. My husband is coming with me but needs to leave about two days after surgery. I have some idea about what to expect; your post was very helpful.

Sat, Feb 9 5:56pm · Cervical stenosis in Spine Health

Were you in the hospital following the surgery? I am from the Philadelphia area and will be traveling by plane to and from Rochester. How long did you stay in Rochester before going home? I know every case is different but I have read very little about people who have traveled for cervical spine surgery.

Sat, Feb 9 2:37pm · Cervical stenosis in Spine Health

I am having surgery at the Mayo Clinic-Rochester in April (for cervical stenosis and radiculopathy). I was a self-referral to the Mayo Clinic and was assigned to an orthopedist who specializes in spine conditions.

Tue, Feb 5 4:08pm · Ankle Distraction surgery in Bones, Joints & Muscles

Sorry I did not actually try to search before I replied to you.There is a Foot and Ankle Clinic at Mayo-Rochester….perhaps they can give you some answers.

Tue, Feb 5 2:26pm · Ankle Distraction surgery in Bones, Joints & Muscles

If you go to MayoClinic.org and search on the phase "ankle distraction" you should be able to learn whether they do the surgery.

Good Luck!