| | Removal of Cervical Instrumentation
Hello friends. I had two anterior fusion surgeries that fused C4-5, C5-6, & C6-7. Then I had C3-4 blow and had posterior approach which included replacing the previous cervical instrumentation. Then I had ALIF for bad disc at L5-S1. Now my cervicogenic headaches and lumbar pain have both returned. The headaches are becoming excrutiating. My surgeon believes that the headaches may be exacerbated by the instrumentation since a previous "instrumentation block" did help with the pain for a couple of months. Since my fusions are solid in the cervical area, he suggests removing the plate and rods to help with the headaches. He cannot find a cause for the return of my lumbar pain and intermittent numbness. My surgery is scheduled for the 26th of this month. Has anyone here had to have their instrumentation removed? If so, was it as painful as the fusion surgery? I am guessing that he will have to re-cut the muscle to get back in there so it will be as painful as before but that I may recover faster since I won't have to worry about a fusion developing. I live by myself and will have to fend by myself like I have in the past. Should I prepare the same way as I did for the fusions by pre-stocking up on essentials, using my grabber, putting things around the house at waist level to avoid bending, etc? Did you have to wear a C-collar? Also, I have difficulty finding reclining positions that help with both my neck/head and my low back pain at the same time. Any feedback is greatly appreciated!