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Re: surgery for cervical spondylosis

Re: surgery for cervical spondylosis

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Posted by Carol on October 31, 2000 at 12:42:32:

In Reply to: Re: surgery for cervical spondylosis posted by Sherry on October 28, 2000 at 21:56:26:

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.

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