Originally Posted by Janatee
were your legs or leg heavy, did you have a bad time walking? Did your legs feel like they would freeze up?? After you neck operation, how was your throat. I know it was sore, but how about swallowing? Did you have a donor bone for the fusion.
Absolutely it can be your cervical spine! I had heaviness in both legs and both arms but mostly on my left arm and leg. I got really scared when I was at work one day and I could not get up out of my chair - my legs simply would not work! THEN when I was trying to make it out to the car so that someone could drive me home, my legs kept giving out on me... I would never completely fall, but it was really strange.
Swallowing was werid; right after surgery when I would swallow it would sound like there was air wooshing in my ear, but it cleared up by the next day. I mostly had soups and things like jello and oatmeal in the hospital. I tried a muffin and I did okay with it, but then it got a bit stuck... same was when I tried a soft tuna sandwhich, but over all it wasn't that bad. Right now I'm having some problems, but it might be because of something else going on in my upper neck spine that I was aware of, but might be acting up now that I have the lower part of my neck corrected. But a few days ago, my swallowing was pretty darn good, I generally had no complaints.
My doc did something different than what yours sounds like he wants to do. For me he took something called a cage (i think) which is a peice of plastic that is open in the middle. Then he took bone chips accumulated durring the surgery and put that in the center along with probably atibiotics and such and then he taps into place between the two vertebra and closed it off with a titanium plate and screws to keep in in place. He said he's been doing these and its been working out really well. In this way you don't have to worry about a bone donor or having them take bone from your hip. I was all ready to volunteer my hip but since he was doing that - I thought that was pretty nifty.
I do know from my own research though that 1) the patients who get it taken from their hip complain more about their hip then their neck after surgery BUT 2) its also the better option in many sense because there are still potentially active cells in YOUR bone that can help encourage the bones to fuse and 3) (I Think) you have a higher sucessful fusion rate with your own bone than with a donor. Sometimes fusion will not occur. Fusion in general takes 6 weeks to 3 months I think and in the case of a bone graft I think it continues to mature and grow over the next couple of years.
You will not be able to take NSAIDS 1 week prior to surgery and in the months after surgery.. this is stuff like motrin, ibuprofen, advil. And if you are a smoker you MUST STOP because both of these things can and often WILL inhibit fusion from happening. But you may already know this from your previous surgery. I hope this information helps.