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Dose any one have problems with fusion surgery in the neck?

Posted by @mareanne, Mon, Nov 5 4:17pm

I had neck surgery fusion with screws and plate and i have popping sounds all the time and i can not turn to the right. Does any one have the same problem and should i have another surgery. I went to therapy alot but it does not work. I have been on pain meds for 11 years and off for 4 i did not want to be hook on them. I found out that i rather be in pain then being on them. I have scoliosis with rods in my back i already wrote in the blog earlier about that. Has any one had these plate taken out of neck?.

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@mareanne My husband has had his neck fused from C 3 to C 7. His neurosurgeon explained the surgery to us as this :The plates and screws cannot come out. New bone grows over them which is what essentially is then the fusion. Limited movement in the neck is to be expected.
How long ago was your surgery and have you spoken to your doctor with your concerns?

@mareanne
I had cervical surgery at the end of February. I was having HORRIFIC headaches as well as pain across the neck and dowe my left arm.
The neurosurgeon suggested disk replacement surgery. He said patients with fusion surgeries normally need additional surgery down the line. It has something to do with the weight caused by the fusion. It's a domino effect.
So far the disk replacements have worked out very well! All the issues I had are gone. With PT, I have gotten back full range of motion. I am a tiny bit stiff in turning my neck but nothing I can't live with.

Please tell us more about your disk replacement surgery. I feel like that is going to be the only thing that will solve the issues that I am having. What was the recovery and who did your surgery? thanks

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Please tell us more about your disk replacement surgery. I feel like that is going to be the only thing that will solve the issues that I am having. What was the recovery and who did your surgery? thanks

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@terri672
As I said in my previous post, the disc replacement was the suggestion of my surgeon. He said on occasion, it does not work and a fusion needs to be done.
The surgery was done in a hospital. I was an outpatient although sometimes, if done late in the day, patients could stay overnight.
The surgery is done under general anesthesia. An incision about 2 inches was made in my neck. He did it in a crease to hide it. The opening was glued and taped. There are no plares or screws. I really can't explain the artificial discs. Besides, there might be many brands.
I was able to shower starting the next day but it had to be covered with plastic wrap and surgical tape.
I saw the surgeon twice after along with an xray. I only needed pain meds the first couple of days. I couldn't bend, lift, twist, overextend my neck because of the need for the artificial discs to take hold. Ineeded help with those things.
I was basically healed by week 8, at which time I had to go to PT to strengthen my neck and work on range of motion.
I really found this to be an easy surgery to recover from. However, my therapist said complete healing takes several months. Of course, we all heal at different rates.
I lived in Central Florida. My neurosurgeon is outside of Tampa in a town called Lutz.
In my research, I found out the spinal surgery can be done by an orthopedic surgeon or neuro surgeon. It was my decision to go with a neurosurgeon since the cervical is so close, in my estimation, to the brain. I wanted someone experienced in both.
Hope this helps.
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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@terri672
As I said in my previous post, the disc replacement was the suggestion of my surgeon. He said on occasion, it does not work and a fusion needs to be done.
The surgery was done in a hospital. I was an outpatient although sometimes, if done late in the day, patients could stay overnight.
The surgery is done under general anesthesia. An incision about 2 inches was made in my neck. He did it in a crease to hide it. The opening was glued and taped. There are no plares or screws. I really can't explain the artificial discs. Besides, there might be many brands.
I was able to shower starting the next day but it had to be covered with plastic wrap and surgical tape.
I saw the surgeon twice after along with an xray. I only needed pain meds the first couple of days. I couldn't bend, lift, twist, overextend my neck because of the need for the artificial discs to take hold. Ineeded help with those things.
I was basically healed by week 8, at which time I had to go to PT to strengthen my neck and work on range of motion.
I really found this to be an easy surgery to recover from. However, my therapist said complete healing takes several months. Of course, we all heal at different rates.
I lived in Central Florida. My neurosurgeon is outside of Tampa in a town called Lutz.
In my research, I found out the spinal surgery can be done by an orthopedic surgeon or neuro surgeon. It was my decision to go with a neurosurgeon since the cervical is so close, in my estimation, to the brain. I wanted someone experienced in both.
Hope this helps.
Ronnie (GRANDMAr)

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Thank you for writing such a detailed response. I am having cervical surgery NEXT summer and it helps to read about someone else's experiences.

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@mareanne how was u able to get off pain meds as I've been on for 12 years now ,I'm wanting off they no longer help with my back and neck and autiritus anymore,

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