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O/T Anterior Cervical Fusion

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by striper, Aug 3, 2007.

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  1. striper

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    Several weeks ago my wife got the results of her MRI and it revealed she had pinched nerves in C4,5,6,7. The doctor told her this was much more complicated than one or two disks. She is having pain in her left arm and hand and now starting in her right shoulder. Have any of you had a similar surgery and how were the results. They are going to try injecting the areas and try and get her to put it off until next summer. She teaches and does not want to lose one month of school. Any thoughts!
     
  2. g7777777

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    there are several good books available on that type of surgery- you should go to the library or book store

    take notes- ask the doc about your questions

    get a second opinion

    injections according to literature dont work - or maybe one time use

    become informed by reading-- once you have an operation you are committed to the outcome

    read -ask questions of the first doc and then get a second opinion

    regards from Iowa

    Gene
     
  3. dward

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    I have a 60 year old friend who has had two separate fusions in his neck and he claims it hardly affects him at all. He still plays golf and claims the fusions don't affect his game at all. He had terrible arm pain and weakness, and the fusions eliminated the pain and weakness.

    My son also just recently broke his neck in a diving accident (2 1/2 weeks ago) and he had c6 and c7 fused and the doctors feel that he probably won't know he's had the surgery down the road. We are so fortunate he wasn't paralyzed, and the real miracle is that it looks like he will have a full recovery. He has had a lot of nerve pain in his forearms and hands and has taken Lyrica for the pain. Fortunately the pain seems to be subsiding as the spinal cord heals and the swelling goes down.

    I have a herniated disc in my back and have had the steroid injections which did no good for me. I know for lower backs they actually go in and trim the part of the disc impinging the nerve. I'm not sure if that can be done for your wife. With my son they removed the disc and replaced it with a spacer when they fused C6 & C7.

    My feeling on the nerve/sciatic pain my back gives me is that as long as I can manage it in a way that the pain will go away if I treat it right I'll live with it. When it gets to where the pain won't go away I'll have the surgery.

    There are a lot of forums where people discuss their experiences on line. I'd google "neck fusion forum" and see what you find.

    Good luck - Dan
     
  4. dennis (nj)

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    I`ve had back surgury 25 years ago that was a success I think and when I had problems with my neck I tried not to have the surgury that the neurologist insisted that I had to have done , instead I wanted therapy and thank God I found a good one that solved my problem . The first therapist did absolutely nothing .I too had severe pain in my neck , forearm and 3 fingers of my left hand were numb . No sleep for weeks and was in a neck traction most of the nights . The pain was so bad I could have shot myself just to ease it . Maybe I was lucky but she did get me through a very rough time in my life . Try that first and maybe your wife will get through it also . There is a lot of self help exercises that has to be done every day also . Good luck .
     
  5. Skeeix

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    I had cervical fusion surgery 3years ago. C2 thru C7 and now do experience any problems. I have some resticted motion in my nesk but nothing that I feel is serious. I still shoot with no problems. Also have L2 thru L5 fused and have been without pain.


    Clyde
     
  6. claybrdr

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    I've had 3 disc operations over the last 20 years. C5-C6, C7-T1 and L5.

    Fusing is bad per my neurosurgeon as it puts additional stress on the discs above and below. As mentioned, flexibility is also diminished by fusing.
     
  7. darr

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    I had the operation 17 days ago_Only 1 fusion c3 and c4.I was out of the hospital in 1 day.I took 2 weeks off work.The pain from the operation is more in the esophogus and muscles in the neck
    that they move in order to put the plate in from the front.Dr says it will take about 3 months for the vertebrae to fuse.
    Also they will give you a choice of using a cadaver bone or a bonegraph from your hip to replace the disc.Take the cadaver bone.From what I understand the pain from taking the bonegraph is more than the spinal operation.
    As far as putting it off I did not because of the severity of the impingement on my spinal cord.The disc had literaally pushed the spinal fluid from the cord.I was having problems with balance and walking and tremors in my hands.
    I have had several opinions on the eventual outcome.Some say I wil regain strength and balance some say the operation just stopped anymore deterioration.I hope I have answered some questions for you.If you have any more feel free to email.Good luck

    Darr Wilson
     
  8. W.P.T.

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    striper,

    Talk to your Doctor and do as Jimmy Borum suggests, I have had the operation but after the damage was already done and its no joke ... I suffered a broken neck and the nerve damage is not far behind so you and your wife should seek treatment ASAP if not sooner ... I still suffer on some days yet today and its been over 18 years ... Good Luck ... Please keep us posted and updated ... WPT ... (YAC) ...
     
  9. GordonWood421

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    striper ,

    Is your bride's problem related to discs or maybe to stenosis ? Do give epidurals a fair chance ; that may be better than surgery . Injections are working for my stenosis (L4/5); there is no guarantee that surgery will eliminate my pain and epidurals may still be necessary . You might want to investigate "after surgery" possibilities .

    Good luck ,
    Charlie
     
  10. bmagnie

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    I had a C6,C7,T1 fusion done last September. I was injured on July 4th and was in serious pain while waiting for the surgery to get approved thru worker's comp. 2 days after the surgery I was completly off of the pain meds and started shooting gradually after 6 weeks. The only drawback for me was it took almost 3 months for my voice to come back after all the stretching done to my larynx as my neck is thicker than most (my head too for that matter).It made it difficult to call for the targets.

    Bill
     
  11. welderman

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    In my experience, when you visit a surgeon, he is likely to offer surgical relief because thats what he is trained to do. Same with other diciplines. My suggestion is to bring your wife to a good spine clinic such as the New England Baptist in Boston. She will be examined by a spine specialist and referred to the best dicipline for her problem. Spine surgery can offer amazing relief, but can also have unanticipated side effects. Tread with caution. TomS (welderman)
     
  12. Tugboat

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    I'm having some problems with C4, 5, and 6... First doc spent about 5 min looking at MRI and said fusion was the only answer.. ran outta that office.
    Found out a week later this guy had just bought some expensive real estate.
    Upon reccomendation now seeing another who told me the shots work 80% of the time and surgery will be the last option. Had the shot yesterday, hurts pretty good today after shooting..duh..
    I always try to remember these guys don't see green till they see red, my red......
     
  13. RandyC.

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    In Jan.2004 my wife had c5& c6 fused. She recovered well,was off work 6 weeks,could not shoot for 12 weeks. When she woke up from surgery her arm pain was gone and after her recovery she gained back her strength in her left arm.

    She was injured at work in May of 2004 and ruptured the disc between c4 & c5. Workmens comp. doctor diagnosed her as having tendonitis in her left elbow. We knew there was something else wrong as she was having unbearable shoulder and arm pain and was losing use of her arm. We gave up on workmen comp. doctor and went to the Spinal specialist that did her first surgery. He found the problem and she had surgery June 22 2005. He redid the 5-6 fusion and included c4. She recovered very well,returned to work The last week in July and shot some at the 2005 Grand. With out the surgery she would have lost use of her left arm.

    She had some soreness in her throat after both surgeries and said she felt like she had peanut butter stuck in her throat. She had no permanent side effects had a minimal loss of mobility in her neck. Randy.
     
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