Totally agree with you. My first fusion was as you described and gave me 15 years of basically pain free time..,the later surgeries are what became problematic…for Jenapower…
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Sounds like you have had a tough time for sure…dr called it a cage. Actually is hard wear that replaced the disc..then two rodes to stabilize the neck…Surgery was front and back.., 14 screws….yours sounds anterior so that’s good…I’ve also had a l4-5 fusion 4 years ago…bunch of old injuries as it appears you’ve had… I’m 8 years your senior and to top it off had bypass surgery in June…sounds like you need to get things going..good luck…
Sorry to hear your challenges. I’ve gone through 4 neck procedures, fused c5-6 with hip bone years ago then cage and bars for c6-t2 10 years ago. My advice: if you are still functioning ( don’t know your age or activity level) I’d only do it if your neck is unstable at that point. Expect complications: long term pain, nerve damage that could affect arms/strength, etc. until you have 3 opinions that all agree, proceed with caution. Again, age, degree of damage etc are unknown.
Hi Suzy. This is new for me too. My triple bypass was June 29 and experiencing similar pain/discomfort you described.
I had complications and was in ICU 6 days that has made recovery more difficult. Hope to get out of rehab unit next week. Bottom line, you are with a bunch of us that recovering and it will get better. Like you I need to be patient while things heal. Cutting ones sternum open takes time to heal.. good luck.