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Re: surgery for cervical spondylosis

Re: surgery for cervical spondylosis

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Posted by barbara on November 16, 2000 at 15:43:35:

In Reply to: Re: surgery for cervical spondylosis posted by Carol on October 31, 2000 at 12:42:32:

: I've had two surgeries for cervical spondylosis. One posterior in 1995 and the last one being in July, 1999 of three-level anterior cervical fusion of C-4/5, 5/6, 6/7, with doner bone and titanium plates/screws. I have to wonder if I made a mistake having the surgery, however, the prognosis was not very good, either! I also had spinal cord compression and much nerve-root compression. About my fusion surgery: I spent six weeks in a hard collar that could not come off, at all, then to a soft collar for a month with weaning out of that. Could not drive nor lift anything that weighed more than five pounds for the six weeks, could not do any reaching, etc. Actually, I couldn't hardly raise my arms much at all, for quite a while! Could gradually lift more weight after the ten weeks, but my limits are 20 to 30 pounds at most! I guess this is forever!! I cannot move my neck very much, compared to most people. Generally, my upper body/arms are still quite a mess...Still cannot drive very far and feel comfortable. Cannot do much of anything I used to do! Hate to sound so "down" about this surgery, but I hope that sharing my experiences may be helpful to others. Surgery is a big deal!

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: : : : I am 36 years old with a husband and 1 child. I woke-up in the middle of the night with a pain in my right arm at the end of June. I went to a few doctors and after having a MRI the Doctor informed me I have have cervical spondylosis(C3-C7). With spinal cord compression at serveral levels. He wants to perform surgery, entering the back of my neck and fusion (C3through C7) and put some kind of v in. He never discussed taking any bones from me or a donor. I am having the operation at Thomas Jefferson. I have not scheduled I was hoping to do it either November 6 or wait until after the holidays, and do it the beginning of January 2201. But by waiting I have great risks if I were in a car accident. My Doctor has said that I will be off work for no less than 4 weeks and possibly 6 weeks. I spoke with a Lady that has fusion C4-C6 in March and she said she felt fine afterwards with in a week. Except you are house bound. My problem with my discusion is at the monment I feel of to fine.
: : Are you going to have your surgery? I have the same problem and I am debating whether or not to have surgery. Mine is C4-C7. Some days are not to bad and others are excrutiating.

I tpp have cerviva; spondylosis at c5 &c6, they want to do surgery. My question is has any one experienced migraines with this disorder? My neck burns and hurts all the timeand then there are tose days it turns into a migraine. With the migraine I lose alot of use of my left arm. Anyone out there like me? any response would be greatly appreciated. I'm scared to death of the surgery.


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