Finally did that surgery - two weeks after the patient lost his ability to walk and hold things. (Family took a bit of time deciding whether or not they'd push through with the surgery.) Prior to his confinement, the patient already had a history of neck trauma (whiplash injury) on two separate occasions - one was a car collision in which he was driving (without a seat belt), the other was a motorcycle crash. So it's no surprise that at 50+ years of age, he already has so much cervical degeneration.
Pre-operatively, his limb/body muscle weakness had become a near-total paralysis. And he's been bedridden long enough to develop some edema in the limbs and a urinary tract infection. No bedsores yet though, and no pneumonia. No deep vein clots in his legs, luckily. I just hope I did the surgery early enough in the course of his disease, such that enough live/undamaged neurologic tissue still exists and can recover to a point that restores acceptable functionality.
Post-operatively, he's gonna have laryngitis from both the intubation & the retraction of his windpipe during surgery. The left side of his pelvis is gonna be painful too (because that's where I took the bone strut graft from). One day after surgery, no change in neurologic status. YET. His spinal cord is no longer compressed - my decompression saw to that. But now, it's all up to the cord (and his body) to heal whatever can be healed. I've created the environment which is conducive to cord recovery - now it's his show. We can only wait and see.
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