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Here is my recent experience with the posterior fossa decompression with the dura opening surgery I just had a week ago. Please let me know if your experiences were similar or different and if how long it took before your post op pain went away and began noticing that your chiari pain had been relieved...thanks everyone
My surgery was a Posterior Fossa Decompression with the opening of the dura. I was completely unconscious and my surgery took about 5 hours by the neurosurgeon and his team at Northwestern University in Chicago. They opened up the dura, took off some of my cranium by my foramen magnum, and the back of my C1 vertebrae. My neurosurgeon performs about 10-15 of these per year and has done them for about 15 years. Plus, it’s really the preliminary moves to bigger operations they do in this area of the neck, spine, and cranium, so he has prolly done some of these types of operations even more times to treat other things. He said my surgery went perfectly as planned, and that I should have now plenty of room for my CSF fluid to flow uninterrupted.
My post op pain was absolutely incredible. It was like I got hit by a bat in the back of the head by babe Ruth. Within a few hours my pain was more under control. I was on Norco, Valium, tramadol, and within a couple hours they brought me an IV drip so that I could push a button and deliver myself a dose of diluadid. It seriously knocked me on my ass the first day. However, the second day and the third day in the hospital got better and better. First day, I couldn’t really move at all I was that weak. Second day I got out of bed (severe headaches when going from laying down to sitting up for about 30 seconds), then I would slowly walk with my brother or nurse or wife thru the halls of the ICU or neuro step down floor. Then, by Friday afternoon I showered up and they released me.
They gave me a script for Valium and Norco to take as needed. I take them through out the day because my head and neck still ache but nothing near what I felt on day 1 post op. My brother asked me if a bear walked in would I be able to get up and run away, and I said nope I would be the bears dinner, that’s how weak I was that first day.
I also learned that loud noises and loud talking especially by the nursing and transport crews made my head hurt even worse so I had to ask a few times for them to whisper in my room.
I am now home since Friday the 11th, and everyone is asking me if I feel better. I am still in pain primarily due to my post op (I have like 25 stitches in the back of my head) and where my original pain was that made me want the surgery is in pretty much the same area where all my stitches are so I would imagine I’ll have to wait for everything to calm down first before I really can tell how much I improved.
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