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Old 08-21-2007, 08:26 PM   #1
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feedback on neck surgery...pros and cons...

My neurosurgeon has recommended a "discogram" to be done on my C4-5. He explained the procedure but made it seem not to complicated...what exactly am I in for, pain wise ???? He also advised fusing the area together using bone from my hip area. The recovery time was about 6-8 weeks. I am concerned about range of motion- I swim for fitness and also for my job. If you have gone through this, please fill in the blanks and let me know if you are happy or regret what was done. I already experience extreme headaches and ringing of the ears. If this doesn't get corrected with surgery, I am faced with pain meds and muscle relaxers for the rest of my life...ugh...

 
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Old 08-22-2007, 08:31 AM   #2
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Re: feedback on neck surgery...pros and cons...

i know i posted to you the other day about this but since you were asking about the bone graft thing,i just wanted to mention a couple things.you can use donor bone from the bone bank OR do the hip bone graft too.the only big drawback with the hip graft,from what i have heard and what i saw when my hubby had this done too,is pain.his pain from the hip graft was actually worse than his c spine pain.it is for alot of people.that area where they remove the graft has to kind of 'remake' the marrow and kind of "fill in' that empty space?it can also create some form of actual scar tissue or "scar bone" at the removal site too.he actually had to use a cane(he was only in his early 30s)just so he could help keep weight off the side where the graft was taken from.but you DO have a much higher fusion rate using your own bone.my hubby had no problems other than the hip pain and his fusion took really well.

i used donor bone just to try and avoid what i watched him go thru but my fusion did not take really well either.its kind of a toss up.if you do not smoke,using donor bone would be a very good idea and you would heal overall much more quickly than if they took from your hip.it is kind of up to you actually.just thought you might like to know this.good luck,FB
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