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Multi-level Posterior Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion - Thoughts?


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Old 04-15-2014, 08:13 PM   #16
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Re: Multi-level Posterior Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion - Thoughts?

My right arm is so weak I can't hold a coke or cup of coffee at times, and I can only walk with a walker.

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Old 04-16-2014, 12:20 PM   #17
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Hi having lots of people around got me past the down times. The medicine neurotin caused some depressi

 
Old 04-17-2014, 05:58 PM   #18
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Hi, I had my surgery on Febuary 10 at the university of Pennsylvania hospital in Philadelphia . I think I still get some spasms because I do to much like I did today at work , having family and friends around helps a lot with boredom . Watching a lot of TV killed some of the boredom . I work hard a therapy and hope my hand palsy will get better. Hope your doing well.

 
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Hi , how ya feeling now ? I have good and bad days. I get tired very quickly and quite sore at the end of the day if I do to much . I'm starting to understand why it can take up to a year or more to feel better. Although I'm so happy to be walking around compared to being so weak I needed a crutch to get around. My left hand still has palsy. It's getting stronger but I still have limited use if my fingers.

 
Old 05-24-2014, 04:44 AM   #20
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Re: Multi-level Posterior Cervical Laminectomy and Fusion - Thoughts?

In Feb 2012 I had a Posterior Cervical Laminectomy from C3 to C7 with rods, screws and fusion from C3 to T2. My suggestion to you be perhaps find the best Neurosurgeon that specializes Cervical Spinal issues. In my opinion a Neurosurgeon is a better choice because the obviously are nerve specialists, and what is the real main concern, your spinal cord. I also during my 6 hour operation has a team that just monitored my spinal cord function. Lastly, I had my done at a University Hospital in Chicago. My thoughts it's better to have a surgeon and hospital that has done the procedure many times and done these procedures on many people rather a few in a smaller town. Just some thoughts. Please feel free to ask anything. Warmest Regards, John

 
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Thanks Chitown; Original Poster here. I am still scheduled for my C3-T1 posterior laminectomy and fusion w/ instrumentation on 6/17. I am having this done at one of the top hospitals in the country; my surgeon is vice chairman of the Dept of Orthopedic Surgery at top medical school associated with this major teaching hospital. He also is Director of a well known spine research laboratory, professor of orthopedic and neurological surgery, and holds an endowed chair in orthopedic spine surgery at this medical school. All that is to say, I'm very comfortable that I have the right surgeon.

I previously got two opinions and last weekend, inadvertently got a third consistent opinion. Long story short: in an effort to pack in a bunch of activities pre-surgery that I won't be able to do for a long time, I promised my 10 year old daughter to take her horseback riding, which we've done before. Two days ago, at the end of a 3 hour ride and without any warning or apparent cause, my horse throws me off and I landed flat on my lower back with a secondary impact of the back of my head on the ground. I was able to get right back up and finish the ride, but later that night went to the ER just to be thorough and have everything checked out. They took Xrays and CTscan. All was okay. But the ER doc commented on the "extensive" degenerative issues in my cervical spine. I said I am scheduled to have cervical surgery in a few weeks and described the plan. He said "I can see why you're doing that!" In an odd way, that gave me some additional comfort that I'm doing the right thing.

Anyway, even though I haven't posted much, thanks to all for the support and information I'm finding on this board.

 
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