C3 to T1 fusion and facing more surgery.
Hi. I had a C3 to C6 laminoplasty with a C7 decompression done almost 4 years ago. It was great. No pain or numbness and was back to work in 2 1/2 weeks. But thanks to an unknown ligament problem, 3 months post-op, I suddenly subluxated 5 vertebrae(C3 to C7) and broke 3 of the 4 bone grafts put in during the laminoplasty. One of the grafts fell into the spinal canal, damaging the C6 nerves to my left side. I had an emergency C3 to T1 fusion (posterior).
The recovery was very prolonged as I came out of surgery with no use of my left arm and limited use of the left leg. After over 2 years of PT, I've gotten back 95% of the use of my left side but it does tire easily. But most importantly, I can hold my granddaughter.
Now, after developing some more symptoms, an MRI has showed cord and nerve compression at C4 and I think they may send me for a thoracic MRI to see if there is trouble at T1-2 also. It's looks like more surgery in the near future.
My problem is osteoarthritis and rheumatoid but it's the OA in my neck. Before, my cord compression was caused by herniated disks but this time it's straight osteophytes. Disks are smooth as compression goes but osteophytes are sharp. I've seen them on my wrists rip the skin and cause bleeding they grow so sharply.
Does anyone else have this kind of problem and does it mean surgery needs to be done sooner because of the osteophytes rather than letting the cord compression progress as they did with the disks?