Many healing and caring thoughts for you. 💐. Take it easy when you get home and let your body heal and recover. Before you leave the hospital make sure you understand your discharge instructions and what your limits are ( max lifting weight etc) and that you have adequated pain medicine ordered. The best of luck to you!!
Sandi, my biggest fear at this point and I know it might seem irrational, is getting positioned face down on the or table because of where the stupid thing is. I really don't want this surgery to further injure my back. Suggestions/ideas?
I don't think you need to worry because the OR staff is educated in how best to position a person to avoid complications. I worked at a hospital for 26 yrs and have lots (12 ish) surgeries and believe they really do a good job at positioning your body in a way that will not add extra stress. With that being said, you should tell the pre-op nurse, your anesthesiologist and surgeon of your concern when you see them prior to surgery. Now a days, I believe they try to see you and talk to you ( the Drs) before you are under anesthesia. If anything, you can have the nurse that preps you to tape a note on the front of your chart with your concern or something like "pt have severe xxxxxxx, please be extra careful in positioning her for surgery".
If you are going with a friend or family member, they can also be your advocate in letting the staff know your individual needs. As a nurse, I appreciated when there was an adult present that knew my patient well and provided any info that helped in your recovery.
When I lay face down ( and I do it often because that is a good position for me) I place a couple of pillows slightly staggered under my lower abdome to breast area so the thickest part is under my belly. That helps keep the spinal column's natural curve. I also put a roll/pillow under my lower legs. Just thinking in case you want to assume that position after your surgery for comfort.
Reece, I have a history of MRSA on my legs so they took out a lump on the back of my thigh near my butt which had been unresponsive to antibiotics for 4 courses of it. Was not positioned on my stomach so that was a relief.
Have you ever considered asking them about "bacteriophages" clinical trials? That is where they infect you with a virus that (through a few mechanisms) kills the Bacteria (in this case MRSA) and then they cute the virus. It is very much looking like the cure to "Superbugs"