Anterior Cervical triple Fusion with instrumentation & left iliac crest bone graft
I had a cervial triple fusion using my own bone on Sept 21, 2010. I Was diagnosed with degenerative disc disease. I am a 52 female with 4 teenagers. My recovery is going very well. I was readmitted to the hosp. shortly after for Dysphasia. I was not able to swollow even my own saliva. That was very frightening. After an injection of steroids I am now on my way to a very normal recovery. I still have left shoulder pain and also down the left shoulder blade. I do have muscle spasms in my neck which my Dr. tells me are quite normal. I also am using a bone stumulator 30 mins a day. I never would have done this had I not had the best Dr. in town along with his staff. They made this whole decision very easy. I was too young to be in the kind of pain I was in with all my active children. Day by day it seems to be getting better unless I overdo things. My stitches were already removed and now just need to rest and heel. My Dr. said I may be able to drive this week, however I cannot agree to that just yet. I do take my soft collar off during the day as it seems to restrict my movement. I do sleep with it on. So if anyone is considering this surgery, please feel free to contact me and I will be happy to answer any questions you may have. Best of luck to all of you. Pain is something we shouldn't have to live with on a daily basis. Peace and prayers to all of you!