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Re: Anterior Cervical Fusion

Re: Anterior Cervical Fusion

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Posted by KENT on August 18, 2000 at 18:50:35:

In Reply to: Anterior Cervical Fusion posted by Susanne on June 22, 2000 at 20:29:25:

: I am scheduled for surgery June 27 for fusion of C5, C6, and C7 along with removal of bone spurs. If anyone has had this done please let me know. I am suffering from severe anxiety of this. I've had 2 opions with same results. I have never been in "pain" but have had a "shocking" sensation down my back and through my legs for 2 years. This is really hard for me to take since I'm not in pain.

: Thanks for your replies,

: Susanne

HELLO: SUSANNE

MY NAME IS KENT. I HAVE SUFFERED WITH NECK PAIN
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