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Re: anterior cervical surgery with posterior fusion/instrumentation

Re: anterior cervical surgery with posterior fusion/instrumentation

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Posted by PATRICIA SCHMIDT on October 25, 1999 at 10:58:09:

In Reply to: Re: anterior cervical surgery with posterior fusion/instrumentation posted by Clif on October 23, 1999 at 23:46:58:

CLIFF, THANK YOU EVER SO MUCH FOR THE ADVICE... SO FAR, 3 MONTHS POSTOP FUSIONS LOOK GOOD.. MY NEURO SURGEON PRESCRIBED A BONE STIMULATOR, WHICH HE FEELS HAS SPED THE FUSION PROCESS.. I NEVER WISH TO REPEAT THIS SURGERY!!! UNFORTUNATELY, I AM/WAS A PROFESSIONAL TENNIS PLAYER. AND I HAVE DREAMS OF PLAYING ONCE AGAIN, ALBEIT CAREFULLY.....: : ive read various messages re; cervical surgery recovery.. I was losing strength in my entire right side slowly over a period of 3 months... I finally found myself at a neurologists office and results of MRI were two bone spurs c3-c5 were compressing my spinal chord severely, and herniated discs c6-c7.. They told me at NYU Neuro that immediate surgery was necessary.. I am 3 months post-op and was experiencing severe right shoulder pain. My pain has gotten much much better however.. They fused 2 levels of vertebrae with cadaver bone and plated me from both front and back of neck.. I am 35 yrs. old , and have been a serious athlete for 15 years... I find that swimming has alleviated the pain in my shoulder completely.. I don't suggest anyone who has had this surgery work with weights right away... I injured my right shoulder from too rigorous a weight program. I am now waiting for my fusion to take hold.. The surgeons tell me i will have very limited movement from front to back.. i still suffer from major spasticity in legs.... i try to stretch all i can doing yoga poses to counteract the shaking. . anyone experience this??????????

: Patricia,
: Hi. My name is Clif. I am a 41 year old. I had a car wreck in 1992 and had to have C5-6 fusion. That surgery went fine and my recovery was great. I was back to work within 8 weeks. Then in 1997, I fell at work, thus rupturing L4-5. I also developed weakness in my right leg and an uncontrollable cramping in my right hand. L4-5 was fused and my weakness and cramping continued. The doctor then, switched the priority to my neck and found C4-5 and 6-7 both ruptured. Plus, my spinal canal in the cervical area is only 1/2 the size of normal people. So, the most minor canal pressure is major to me. Fusions were attempted on 4-5 and 6-7 with plates. 9 months later, I find that the fusions didn't take. The next step is for another attempt and me wearing a halo brace for 3 months.
: Thats what you have to look forward to, If you don't take good care of those fusions.




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