It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Message Board

Re: surgery for cervical spondylosis

Re: surgery for cervical spondylosis

[ Back to Messages ]


Posted by kdb on November 27, 2000 at 12:12:49:

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!

: : : : 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.

Hi: I just had frontal cervical fusion of the C4 thru C7 on 11/16/00. It has not yet been 2 weeks but I can say the discomfort (Pains)are nothing compared to what I had going into the surgery. I had fought off surgery for 2 years and, at this point, am glad the insurance company forced me into it. The muscle crampings and difficulty swallowing are the hardest for me at this time. I am wearing a Miami-Jade(?) collar which is a hard plastic collar with padding and a chin rest. I will wear this for at least 2-3 months, depending upon my progress. I have a leave of absence from work, per the doc, until the first of the year. No lifting anything heavier than a six pack of cans. You know when you did something wrong, trust me! GOOD LUCK AND GOD BLESS.

Follow Ups

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 03:33 PM.

Site owned and operated by HealthBoards.comô
Terms of Use © 1998-2015 HealthBoards.comô All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!