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Cervical fusion

Started by scotty62 on 09/14/2010 12:16am

August 23 I had cervical fusion with cages, plate and screws on C4/5,C5/6. I have a broad based disc osteophyte complex resulting in flattening of the anterior aspect of the thecal sac. Dr decided not to do anthing about that level,I am still having extreme pain back of neck between should blades and my left arm still has pain. I did have spinal cord deformity according to MRI report. I also feel like I have a lump in my throat whenever I swallow and I have vomited a few times. Is this normal at this point in recovery or should I say something to dr. ? Do not want to be a winer. I still need to have lumbar surgery. I have DDD and a 23 degree curvature of lower lumbar spine.

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Hi Scotty,
I too have a that same surgery. Only I did not fuse the first time so had a revision the following year. In my case it made me worse. The level above went so had to place a stand alone PEEK cage to fix the c3/4. Now I am a 3 level fusion, still in pain, and have bone spurs (arthritis) in my lower c spine. I want to find a micro surgeon that will remove the bone spurs. I just want to do the minimal thing to get me out of pain. Then I would need to address how to support the c6/7-t1 so that my disc do not bulge more. As for the swallowing this took only 3-4 weeks after the first surgery, but this third surgery it seemed to take 4-5 months. I still feel like food gets stuck from time to time. I have a lot of scar tissue on my throat now too. I pray you find the right kind of help. -Cheryl

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I also had a 3 level cervical fusion just last week. Have a lump in the throat. Not much of an appetite. Wondering why you were not able to fuze? Also I am using a bone graph stimulator. Are you using this?

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I did not fuse the first time because a doctor had me on a Cox-2 inhibitor for to long. Bone needs inflamation to heal. Thus I had to have mine revised. Yes, I used the Ortho-Bone Growth Stim for 6 months each time. Do not take any anti-inflamitories for longer than 2 weeks!

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Just checking in Scotty to see if you are doing better?

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Hi Scotty, Has the swallowing gotten better? My third surgery I had it in late Oct 2009 and I could not really swallow well until three months later. It can also depend on the level of the proceedure along with the way you windpipe is shaped. It may take you longer than someone else. Men also have an adams apple which can take longer to get back to it's normal position. Keep us update. Kind regards, Cheryl

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