So my orthopedic surgeon put in a referral for me to go down to Dallas and see a vascular surgeon for possible #ThoracicOutletSyndrome . This doctor in Dallas was fantastic. Since he knew I was from out of state he fit me in for a diagnostic nerve block that day. He told me that if the nerve block worked that would mean that I am a good candidate for surgery. Well, it worked, but it only lasted for about 24 hours. About six days later, I got a call from the doctors office and the nurse told me that the doctor wanted to go ahead and schedule me for surgery. I was able to get it booked for February 23rd. However after working the following weekend at my part-time job, I was in so much pain and discomfort that I called the office this last Monday and got my surgery moved up to the 10th.
So, I’m headed down to Dallas this coming Wednesday. I have to be at the hospital at 5:30 AM Thursday morning. I’ll admit I’m kinda terrified. This is the biggest surgery I’ve ever had to have. They will be removing my first rib and the anterior scalene muscle. I will be in the hospital for two nights, so I should be home Saturday afternoon.
If anybody has had this surgery, please let me know how it went for you and how you’re doing now.