Loose Screw 18 Months Post ACDF
I had ACDF on c5/c6/c7 in October 2008. It took care of all of the terrible nerve related issues I was having prior to the surgery. Ever since I have had extremely tight muscles in the neck and shoulderblades, massage barely gets at it. I thought that was just residual that I was to be left with so didn't complain much.
for the past 4 months, I have had terrible ear pain. I was initially told I had an ear infection but after not responding to 4 rounds of antibiotics and steroids, I was sent to the ENT. The ENT told me there was absolutely nothing wrong with my ear and sent me for a CT Scan of my neck.
Turns out I have a loose screw. I am waiting to see my surgeon about this. But aside from ear pain/throat pain/jaw pain, what usually happens at this point? How terrible is the surgery recovery? Do they just take the screw out or do they have to do the whole thing all over again?