Last September I had a 3 level ACDF. Everything was going good until it was time to wean out of the collar. It seemed like the weight of my head was just too much to bear. Surgeon took several X-rays, and told me it was muscle spasms.
I changed PM Drs., and he sent me for an MRI. My surgeon received a copy of the report, and he shuffled me off for a CT scan. The next day his MA called, and told me to go to the medical supply store and pick up a cervical collar with a thoracic extension, and come right into the office.
The three levels had slipped over T1, and I had several broken pedicels. Two days later I was in surgery. He fused C7toT1, then turned me over and fused C4-T1, and put screws in the fractures.
Now about 6 weeks after the second surgery I have quite a bit of pain in the back of my neck, and swelling. Dr wants to wait a couple of weeks back in the collar to see if the swelling goes down. He said maybe one of the muscles came loose from the stitches????
Should I be looking for another surgeon, or a second opinion. This has been going on for almost a year now, and I didn't even mention all the injections, RF ablations.