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Old 01-07-2013, 03:50 AM   #1
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I have severe bilateral cervical facet disease at multiple levels from a remote whiplash injury. I have had two endoscopic surgeries to correct severe spinal stenosis caused by a herniation. Unfortunately, I did not undergo a fusion at that time. The herniation was fixed. I had dramatic improvement but over about six years my pain worsened. It is presumed to be secondary to my facet disease. I have undergone several rhizotomies (a more permanent medial branch block) to address this problem. There has been some relief; but, the relief has been too short term.
Has any one undergone a fusion for their facet disease? Currently my neurosurgeon does not want to pursue a fusion because I no longer have enough other disease to warrant this (ie no high grade herniation or spinal stenosis). I am looking to correspond with anyone who has benefitted from a fusion for their Facet Disease.


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What is cervical facet disease?

Oh, hell. Another one who had a whiplash and now life has been destroyed.
You are not the only one.

Why don't you take pain meds and done with all those surgeries?

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Fusion not for pain relief

It is a last resort, in your case if the cervical facet syndrome was causing a critical level of spinal cord stenosis.

Fusion often creates more net pain than it relieves over time in most cases. you are often just trading types of pain. Plus, One fusion often begets the next fusion, etc. The downside and risks of fusion in what you describe is significantly greater than any lasting benefits you might get.

I know it is very hard to accept that there is no surgical fix for pain and some physical limitations.

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