Hey everyone, It's Erin here...
Just wanted to give a quick update. Amy's dad and brother came into town on Thursday, and the four of us (Amy's "entourage") met with the nurse practitioner on the surgery team on Friday to do Amy's pre-op H&P (history and physical). She was a little nutty, but was able to answer our barrage of questions and she actually has had a similar procedure done herself!
We also found out that Amy's attending surgeon, Dr. Beauchamp, is a St. Louis native! The nurse practitioner even knew to ask what high school we went to.
Here's a link to the neurosurgery team who will be in the OR for Amy's surgery:
Here's another link to Dr. Beauchamp's profile through University of Colorado:
Amy's procedure itself should take about an hour, and she'll probably be in the OR for about 2-3 hours total with prep and clean-up time. After that, they'll most likely keep her in the SICU (surgical intensive care unit) for observation overnight, and if all goes well, she'll move to a regular med/surg floor for 2-3 more days before she'll get to go home.
The NP said that her total recovery time should be approximately 6 weeks, depending on how everything goes. Hopefully she can go back to work sooner than that, but we'll just have to play it by ear.
Joey just left Denver this morning and flying all day to get back to school. Amy's dad is staying at a hotel across the street from the hospital's campus, and we're just hanging out and trying to enjoy the beautiful weather Denver has had this weekend.