Aftercare

Posted , 6 users are following.

This discussion has been locked due to a period of inactivity. Start a new discussion

My son due to have decompression surgery in August and I'm wondering if anyone can tell me what to expect when he comes back from theater? What will he be able to do and not able to do?

0 likes, 14 replies

Report

14 Replies

  • Posted

    Hi Angela,

    i had decompression surgery in January 2014. I was astounded at how much better I felt immediately after I woke up and I went home 2 days after surgery! I'm not saying that it is easy, it's extremely painful around the wound and the neck and shoulders, but the horrendous headaches I'd suffered from had completely gone, it was such a relief. 

    How old is your son? I found the practical things difficult, cooking, making coffee or tea and housework, this is impossible for at least 6 weeks. But if your son is young & he has you to take care of him, it won't be so bad. I was told that I wasn't allowed to lift anything or carry anything or drive. I was encouraged to walk as much as I could each day.

    i hope this helps, and I wish you and your son all the best for his surgery.

    kind regards,

    Kimberlee x

    Report
  • Posted

    It depends on the severity of the malformation. Kimberlee was lucky. In my case it was servere malformation. I was vertually unconscious for a week then came home but cannot really remember anything for three months. As you can see every case is different. If you ask you consultant he should be able to tell you
    Report
    • Posted

      How severer was your malformation,the surgeon did mention memory loss n possible blackouts! Any info u tell me about this procedure would be much app 😊 as I feel I'm going into the unknown ,how many hours was u in theater n how was u when u came round? 
      Report
    • Posted

      As I said before every case is different. In my case I think it was very servere. It was a 9 hour operation I believe, very unusual. Most are only a couple of hours with the same for recovery. I'm sure you're probably talking about the lesser time. Many walk out after a few days. The point I am making is that if it takes a while to recover thats OK. Don't worry, they know their job. Where is the operation to take place? Your surgeon will be willing to answer any questions you have and put your mind a rest. Wishing you well.
      Report
    • Posted

      I was 58 when I had mine, an old age to have it done!!! Hence perhaps the effects. Your son will be alright, as I say mine was not ordinary and people react differently. Worrying but he will be alright, please let us know how it went.
      Report
  • Posted

    Hello Angela,

    My 9 yo son had decompression surgery for a Chiari malformation two months ago. He started back at school today and has no complications or weaknesses from his surgery.

    The actual surgery took nearly 4 hours and he spent the first night in ICU with his head bandaged and tubes everywhere. In the first couple of days he suffered from severe pain and vomiting but was given medication to help. Within two days he was up and about and attending the school on his ward. It's amazing how quickly children bounce back!

    On day 5 when he was due to be discharged he had a recurrence of severe pain and vomiting but it settled within a day. He stayed in hospital for one week post-op. 

    Since he's been home he's come along really well. No more headaches, no more vomiting or double vision. He was a little wobbly on his feet for a couple of weeks but that's all. He can't play contact sport for a while but is otherwise able to do everything.

    It's pretty tough as a parent to watch your child go through major surgery and the resultant pain. I wish you and your son all the best ,

    Jillian

    Report
  • Posted

    Hi Angela, my daughter had decomoression surgery at the start of July, she has Chiari with Syringoymelia (CSF) she didnt need to go to ICU & has made an amazing recovery. she was in pain after & the sickness lasted for about 4 weeks, but she was up & about by the 5th week. Hope youre son's surgery went well. 
    Report
  • Posted

    hi, i first spoke to you a few months ago when you joined and told me about your son. my son who is 9 is doing ok just now which is a relief. i remember you saying your son was going in for his op in aug, he has been in my thoughts. has he had his op? if yes i hope it went well and cameron and i wish him a speedy recovery. love suzanne. x
    Report

Join this discussion or start a new one?

New discussion

Report as inappropriate

Thanks for your help!

We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters. Always speak to your doctor before acting and in cases of emergency seek appropriate medical assistance immediately. Use of the forums is subject to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy and steps will be taken to remove posts identified as being in breach of those terms.

newnav-down newnav-up