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Old 03-20-09, 08:23 PM   #1
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There's No Such Thing As Minor Surgery...

...So I've been told. And, praise the heavens,the surgery I had today was "minor" by any definition. The surgeon even told me, "You have no restrictions." Except, I know he didn't include riding a bike five, ten, or forty miles. Well, I didn't bother to talk about it. But, higher powers willing, that will be on the dance card soon enough.
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Old 03-20-09, 08:32 PM   #2
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Don't know what you had done but I wish you a speedy recovery.
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Old 03-20-09, 08:50 PM   #3
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Did they mark you with a permanent marker before they began the show?
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It's all relative, I guess. I never figured I'd consider a three inch incision across the front of my throat minor, but after a 10 inch incision between my ribs, the thyroid surgery did seem pretty minor. I'm hoping for no more surgery drama for a long time.

Best wishes for a speedy recovery, JT.
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Old 03-20-09, 10:53 PM   #5
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None of mine have turned out as minor as I expected.
A "simple" biopsy of my tongue turned into a 5 hour ordeal establishing an airway followed by 6 months of living with a tracheotomy.
A"simple": closure of the hole left from the tracheotomy became yet another airway struggle and a very irritated throat (which likely contributed to a false positive reading on a PET scan, leading to another routine biopsy.
This time they knew not to try the normal intubation method of establishing an airway and the operation went smoothly, but...
Somehow my throat became infected after the biopsy which contributed to aspiration pneumonia which landed me in the hospital for several days and in bed for a week.
So far, the only minor surgery I've had that lived up to its billing has been the installation of a port-o-cath to make chemo injections easier. Hopefully its removal will be as uneventful.

Speedy recovery, Jet.
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...So I've been told. And, praise the heavens,the surgery I had today was "minor" by any definition. The surgeon even told me, "You have no restrictions." Except, I know he didn't include riding a bike five, ten, or forty miles. Well, I didn't bother to talk about it. But, higher powers willing, that will be on the dance card soon enough.
Glad you're feeling well and hoping you're back on the bike and up to speed soon.
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Old 03-21-09, 06:23 AM   #7
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A little Jet-a-tude and you'll be back on the bike right quick. Now don't be like me, after my vasectomy a long time ago, when I went out and played in a 35+ basketball league game... Even though it was a big game and I was a big baller back then, I should have listened a bit more to the doctor's advice. My take of "don't do anything hard" was different than what the doctor meant.
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Old 03-21-09, 07:16 AM   #8
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Only an appendectomy and dbl hernia surgery here. Nothing compared to what others have gone thru. Though neither was a lot of fun, guess I was lucky they occurred early in life and even now (at 58), I heal up quickly, and luckily don't have to heal up too often, as I've been blessed with good health. Hopefully, no surgeries in my future. Hope the recovery is quick and thorough.
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Old 03-21-09, 07:19 AM   #9
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If there was "minor" surgery, stabbings wouldn't get quite as much press!
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Old 03-21-09, 08:18 AM   #10
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I'm glad it was minor, Jet, and I hope it turns out well.
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Old 03-21-09, 08:46 AM   #11
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The only minor surgeries happen on somone else.
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Old 03-21-09, 08:57 AM   #12
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Hey heal up soon! Good excuse to rent a few movies...
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Old 03-21-09, 10:23 AM   #13
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Any surgery you can walk away from is minor.

So when do you get back on the bike?
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Old 03-21-09, 02:51 PM   #14
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I have had two cutaneous cysts removed, and I think that actually does qualify as minor surgery, but I would not call my tonsillectomy (at age 12) "minor."
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If a doctor takes a knive and cuts me anywhere it is not minor to me. Hope yoyr recovery is fast and successful
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Old 03-21-09, 05:45 PM   #16
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Er no such animal

HI,
I can tell you many a minor surgery has become a rather big pain in the ass,
I hope your doing well, and watch for any changes around the incision been a few post op infections going around..
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If you survive and if it does not involve removing limbs then it is minor. HTFU
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Old 03-21-09, 06:42 PM   #18
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Hope you heal quickly and completely.
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Old 03-21-09, 07:49 PM   #19
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Did they mark you with a permanent marker before they began the show?
As a matter of fact, they did. I noticed the nurse was carrying a book called "Visions of the Apocalypse." I decided not to ask her about what that might mean.
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Old 03-21-09, 08:22 PM   #20
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Marking the site, to avoid wrong site surgery, is standard practice.
"Visions of the Apocalyspe" is something else.
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Old 03-22-09, 10:25 PM   #21
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Minor surgery is when they do it to someone else!!!
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Old 03-23-09, 07:28 PM   #22
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Old 03-23-09, 07:45 PM   #23
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If you survive and if it does not involve removing limbs then it is minor. HTFU
Does it count if you have parts of limbs removed? I had a bilateral kne replacemnt in November of '07. In surgery about 3 to 3-1/2 hours (so I was told.) The surgery was the easy part; the therapy really was the tough part.

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