Originally Posted by Darcy315
What should I expect from having disk fusion surgery in my neck for a large herniated disk of my C5 & C6? Did anyone have any bad results? How long did it take for your whole recovery period? I just got told this morning that I need the surgery but I haven't talked to the surgeon in person yet. The office called me over the phone to let me know. I see the surgeon on January 18th. of 2005. They want to hurry up and do this because they know that my husband and I are also trying to have a baby and want to get this out of the way first. Has anyone also had to put off their pregnancy in order to have this surgery first? I'm so stressed out about all of this...please help, thank you.
My husband had a two level neck fusion three months ago. He was up and back to work in a week. It was an out patient procedure using a plate, screws, and bone paste w/cages. He was told that neck surgery is a whole different ball game than lower back surgery.
He had one set back, sharp shooting pain upon waking. Went to the ER and got two Demeral shots and is now okay.
He goes to PT twice a week and walks between 2 to 7 miles a day. He is not a spring chicken, but is still spry.
His only complaint is the inability to bend his neck to his chest or back. He has a wide range of movement, otherwise.
He was like you, confused. He threw up for days before making the decison to have the surgery but had to have it because the nerve was coming out of the sheeve and staying there, causing him great pain. He would have lost use of his arm.
Fusion, or surgery of any kind, is a personal choice. You have to be comfortable with the decision, the doctor and the facility as well as preparing yourself for the possible outcomes and the possibility that it may not work or may not cure all of your pain.
My husband is not pain free, but he is coming along. He is off all pain meds. He has to sleep on his back and use a special memory foam pillow. He realizes that he can never bend his neck down again. That is hard for him because he likes to play pool.
I wish you luck in whatever decison you make.
As for the pregnancy, this should not effect that. Even though all of the bones of the body are connected, the neck really doesn't play a role in the pregnancy, per se'.
Because you only need one level repaired, you may want to look into the ADR.