Info on recovery after repairing a 12 yr old C3-7 fusion
In 1999 I had a bad accident with a successful C3-7 fusion (autograft) in 2001. The fusion was fine untill last week. MRI shows it has collapsed/broken loose, ie. failed. It is leaning onto my spine. My R hand has weakness,
numbness, tingling, pain in forearm & all the symptoms get worse with any use of my arm/hand. I sent the MRI to the original surgeon (1500 miles away). His staff called & said: yes, it's broken, it needs fixed & he can due the surgery in 3 weeks. I want him to do it, he's very good so he's very busy. I knew this day might come but I never thought much about it. The bottom line is that there is nothing else to be done but surgical repair.What I'm concerned about is that the fusion will be to C2 & into T1 or T2. I'd like to hear from others that have had to have a successful fusion repaired that failed & their recoveryafter repairing a fusion vs the original recovery. I was 48 back then & I basically flew thru it so I expect to do well again. Thanks in advance for your kind considerations & info.