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I am going to the Mayo Clinic for neck pain and they have recommended having a fusion of C1 & C2. I am a 67 year old female that has always led a very active life. This past year has been horrible, as I have had chronic neck and shoulder pain on the right side. I have tried physical therapy, chiropractic, and injections - all to little improvement. I have been told that the back of my neck will be permanently numb and that it is also possible that I might wind up with chronic pain, not to mention possibilities of problems that might occur duing surgery, i.e., damaging a blood vessel, stroke, or death! They apparently have a new piece of equipment that provides the physician with 3-d vision during the procedure. The recovery time is estimated to be 3 - 6 months with a 3 - 5 day hospital stay. I will also be wearing some type of collar. Has anyone had experience with this type of surgery? Any reedback from someone that has used the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL?
Last edited by nflasunshines; 03-14-2010 at 05:05 PM.