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Failed posterior cervical fusion 6 months post op

Started by missmaryc on 04/03/2017 9:20pm

I'm a 62 yo female heading back to surgery this Friday to fix failed screws at C5. The one on the right has backed completely and is lodged under the trapezoid muscle. The left screw has protruded through the bone and is very close to the thecal sac and C7 nerve root. The pain is excruciating and I'm off narcotic meds by choice.

Surgeon is recommending anterior/posterior fusion on consecutive days to fix this. I should mention that 3 yrs 6 months ago I was fused T4 to S1 with Harrington rods. Last October surgery performed to fix broken rod, replace loose screws and extend fusion to C5. All this by the same surgeon who is highly regarded in the medical community.

I'm very anxious about this fix and would welcome any input you may have.

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Hello, missmaryc--thank you for your post. We are sorry to read about all you've been through regarding your spine surgeries.

With your surgery coming up this Friday, our best advice is to stay hopeful that the procedure will be successful. You mention seeing the same surgeon, so you have an established relationship that we assume is based on trust. Even though your surgery is in just a few days, you can still reach out to him or her with any last-minute questions you have to help ease your mind.

We know it's hard to do when past procedures have failed, but trust that your surgery will go well. We wish you all the very best for a successful spine surgery and smooth recovery. Keep us posted!