Cervical spine surgery is a procedure that corrects the movement of the neck and alleviate nerve compression. The prospect of surgery can be downright intimidating. If you are having one in the future, continue reading to know what to expect.
When is it necessary?
The cervical spine begins at the base of the skull, made up of the first seven vertebrae which are abbreviated as C1, C2, C3, C4, C5, C6 and C7. Compared to the other spinal vertebrae, the cervical bones are smaller in size. The cervical spine functions to support the skull, protect the spinal cord, and allow a diverse range of head movement.
The cervical spine is stabilized by a system of ligaments tendons and muscles. Ligaments prevent excessive movement, while the tendons and muscles provide spinal stability, balance and movement ability. Intervertebral discs (cushion pads) between the vertebrae function as shock absorption, and allows slight movement between the vertebrae.
Surgery becomes necessary when a degenerative disease or deformity occurs. With degenerative disease, the intervertebral discs shrink, which causes a wearing down of the disc. The wearing down may lead to disc herniation, which is a bulging of the discs. Degeneration results in compression to the nerves which causes pain, numbness, tingling, and weakness.
Individuals with cervical deformity, such as hyperlordosis or swan neck may have cervical spine surgery to help straighten and stabilize the spine. Cervical deformities leave the neck vulnerable to injury, and some injuries may lead to dislocation or fracture of the cervical vertebrae. Surgery in this case is beneficial for relieving pressure on the spinal cord.
The specific cervical spine procedure depends on what is causing the problem. Generally, surgeons use two techniques: decompression and stabilization. With cervical spine decompression surgery, the tissue that is impinging on a nerve structure is removed. A decompression procedure may be performed from the front (anterior cervical spine surgery) or the back (posterior surgery). The types of decompression procedures are:
- Foraminotomy, which creates a bigger space in the vertebra
- Laminotomy, creates a whole in the lamina of the vertebra to make more space for the spinal cord
- Facetectomy, removes the facet joint to relieve pressure on a nerve
- Laminoplasty, reconstructs the lamina to create more space for the spinal cord
- Discectomy, removes all or part of the herniated disc
- Corpectomy, the entire vertebral body is removed to gain access to the disc.
Stabilization surgery limits movement between the vertebrae. This becomes necessary when there is abnormal movement in the spinal column, which potentially leads to nerve injury. Stabilization surgery is usually necessary after a discectomy or corpectomy. The two stabilization techniques include:
- Fusion, which bonds the bones together via a bone graft; stop the motion between the vertebrae
- Instrumentation, fusion is supplemented by devices such as plates, screws, wires, cables, and rods.
A new medical technology known as artificial disc replacement is another option for cervical spine surgery. Instead of fusing the spine together after surgery, a disc is replaced so the patient can retain normal neck movement.
Depending on the severity of the condition, a patient may qualify to undergo minimally invasive cervical spine surgery. In this surgery, a small incision is made with the help of an endoscope to disrupt the muscles minimally. Compared to normal cervical spine surgery, the pain and recovery time is less. This surgery relieves patients from scoliosis, herniated discs, and several other painful conditions.
Any type of surgery is performed while a patient is under general anesthesia.
The hospital stay following cervical spine disc surgery may may up to seven days. Activity is an important part of recovery, a patient is encouraged to walk the first or second day after surgery. This is to reduce the risks of blood clots.
Normally a surgeon orders a collar/neck brace, and gives the patient specific instructions about its use.
Full recovery takes about 5 weeks. There are no restrictions for walking or stair climbing during the recovery period. For the first six weeks at home, objects heavier than 10 pounds should not be lifted, especially over the head. Any sleep position that is comfortable for the patient is acceptable as long as the neck brace is worn properly. Driving is prohibited during recovery, but short rides as a passenger is allowed.
Prescription medications are also provided for when the patient leaves the hospital. In the event of a bone graft procedure, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications are prohibited for six weeks following surgery, as these medications may interfere with the healing. As an alternative, a patient may use hot or cold moist compresses over the site or shoulders.
Incisions may be washed with mild soap and water, but tub baths, swimming pools, or any water immersion should be avoided for six weeks after surgery.
Complications and risks
As with any type of surgical procedure, there are some risks associated with cervical spine surgery. Common risks include:
- Adverse reaction to the anesthesia
- Potential of further injury to the spinal cord and the surrounding nerves
- Improper healing of spinal fusion
- Rejection of bone grafts.
It is important for the patient to understand the risks as well as the potential benefits of having the cervical surgery, making it possible to prepare adequately for the recovery period.
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What are your thoughts about cervical spine surgery?
Deb Coughlan on January 24, 2019:
From 1989 to 2004 I had C-3,4,5,6,7 removed, fused, and plated. 4-5 had to be redone as it had stuck to the dura matter and exposed the spinal cord. Artificial covering was placed over the cord. Also had a stroke on the table with another one. Having Degenerative Disc Disease is no joy. Currently, there are 3 thoracic impinging the cord, but not ready for surgery and all the lumbars are compressed, but not surgically inclined. Of course, there is pain involved. Most of the cervicals have bone spurs as well. I have been going to a pain clinic for thirteen years with much success. There is relief that provides toleration and approaches to help me redirect agony. Medication and nerve blocks are used judiciously. Altogether, my everyday level of pain is about a 6. This is acceptable for functioning for me. There was no alternative. I am quite fortunate to have had such a creative and caring surgeon. And I do have right paresis from the stroke, I can do most of what I need. No, I cannot whistle, jump on the trampoline, run, skate. I do drop things, have trouble cutting vegetables and often cut myself...I bite the inside of my mouth. I am a frequent "faller"; have a crooked smile. I am a new me. Oh but what fun learning the new me and I am blessed to be able to sing in the choir, hug my family, read, and walk now. Pain is a reminder that I am alive. It can be worse, often is. But thank God that He has allowed me to share Him even in the worst of times. If this was all I had to worry about, goodness what a blessing. The cancer, the autoimmune, heart attacks, upcoming serious surgery for my belly issues, and on and on and on....So what is bone pain in comparison? Some days it is joy joy joy. God bless all of you and keep you in His hands.
MISTY PADILLA on October 31, 2018:
AVOID IF AT ALL POSSIBLE. ITS NOT WHAT YOU THINK...
lillie hudson on September 22, 2018:
i had a c5-c6 bilateral laminectomy in feb 2018 the worse thing I ever done I woke up from surgery I could not even move a toe turns out I suffered a hemiparesis on my right side ive lost use of my right arm hand leg my left side I now suffer from hypersensitive nerve endings when touched I scream out in pain I have been left disabled I taught my self to walk again but have a limp my left leg feels hot to touch but constanley feel cold on the inside I cannot get into a bath without a bath cushion or bath board I was suicidal and gain a lot of weight at my 6 month check up I was told my surgeon is now living in new Zealand to say I am angery is an understatement. anybody thinking about having the surgery really ask questions it aint worth the risk. god bless everyone
Cindy on August 26, 2018:
First of all, if anyone knows pain and frustration it's me. But through all my ordeal, I had to stay optimistic; I had my first spinal fusion in beginning of 2016, after 6 months my titatium rods broke. Very frustration. My doctors did a spinal revision. Well, that did not work either. They put 5 rods, etc. in my back and all it did was bend me so far forward that if I did not get it taken care of it would have been very bad. I sought out a new neurosurgeon and he deals with a lot of patients with severe sciolious,, which I had and never acted up on me until I was 58 , my back turned 65 degrees. So, I saw him when I was 61 for some help. He had to remove all my old hardware out which was an 8-10hr surgery. The following week I had a 14 hr, surgery which was an anterior/exterior spinal fusion. Vascular doctors were involved also. They had to move my anatomy over in the front, so my surgeon could get to my spine through front and back, A very serious operaton. Then my last surgery was a cervical fusion about 5 weeks ago and that was and is a tough one to recup from. I have a neck brace as well as he ordered a bone stimulator that I have to wear, sort of like a tens unit. So, I have been through a world wind, but my back is finally straight, and there were days that I just wanted to give up, but I kept on going. I will still be healing for a while. Trying to get my stability back in my legs. All these operations take so much out of you. Just have to have a lot of will power and like my Mom told me before she passed 2 months ago 'STAY STRONG, SO THAT IS WHAT I AM DOING, WITH HER ON MY MIND.
Barbara on July 13, 2018:
Had spinal surgery 5/23/18. Wish I had none had the surgery. C2-5 and fusions for c6-7. Had so much pain in the hospital that anything or anyone that touched me was like being shocked by powerful electric shocks . Nothing reduced the pain level. Then a group of doctors decided it was time for me to be released but I couldn’t walk or get up. A nurse barely touched me and I screamed. She got the doctor on the phone and told him I wasn’t going anywhere unless he got me in rehab and she told him which one. So thankful for her because the rehab experience was great. The doctor came right away,worked out a change of meds to help me( true individualized care there,not one size fits all) and had to redo a few things the next day. Had the neck brace on 31 days,still having trouble holding my head up for long periods,numbness in neck and both legs so it feels paralyzed at times, and nerve pain so bad in my hands , neck and arms that I have to take strong pain meds and nerve meds for just to get some rest at night. Hoping the doctor will put a nerve restorer like a tens unit or Bioness nerve stimulator on me when I go back this month. Good luck to those that are suffering.
Mike on April 10, 2018:
Had fusion surgery in ‘08 on C4-6. First few weeks was in some pain but otherwise I’ve been fortunate. Prior to surgery I noticed muscle mass and strength loss in right arm which caused me to act on surgery. Ten years later I still have significant muscle/strength loss. Just wondering if there is any ways to improve this. I cardio and strength train all the time. I try isolate right tricep often as this is just gone and can’t seem to make any gains there.
Kimsinger1 on December 24, 2017:
I had a 3 level ACDF 6 days ago. I was starting to lose my arms, hands, fingers. Neck has cracked and popped for many years. When I began to lose my limbs then I decided to move forward with the surgery. The neck brace is huge and stiff and a pain in the a_ _. I must wear it and I shall. I am having pain though from the left side of my neck shoulder and shoulder blade. I am thinking that will go away in a few weeks or at least hoping it will. I can lay down on left or right sides with difficulty of course of the darn brace. I have to have patients. This is what I don't have much of. Anyone that is told that they can start to become paralyzed and lose their limbs for good that is a no brainer to go ahead and have this surgery. Tomorrow is Christmas and I guess this is my present to myself..Oh joyyyy. Happy holidays peeps!
Zoso2112 on December 24, 2017:
I had C3 through C7 laminectomy with fusion December 21. I am still in the hospital Christmas Eve hoping to get out tomorrow. I’ve had a number of surgeries in the last year and a half and I will tell you this is the worst for stiffness and pain. It is Getting a bit better each day and hopefully will be worth it down the road.
Carrie on October 19, 2017:
I'm having c3 c4 and c5 removed as they are pushing into my spine. Is it worth the risks of surgery or should I just continue to suffer every couple months when I have flare ups? My surgery is November 13th
Tom Curran on September 19, 2017:
I'm having surgery on c3 in one weeks time just wondering how long will I be unable to do heavy work as I am a farmer and need to get people in place to carry out my work while I'm laid up
Robyn on September 11, 2017:
My first surgery was in January for C5 and C6 , It was instant relief with some discomfort through out the healing process. The neck brace SUCKED! Fast forward to June, I was DUMB and played tug o war with a dog and it ruptured the disk between C4 and C5, causing fragments to venture into my spinal cord. so on 8/24/2017 I had the old fusion removed and now I have new hardware and discectomy. This time around, I am very sore and Nothing like my last recovery so it worries me that it may not be right:( The worst part is the wait to see the dr. again and then this neck brace. Has anyone went though this , in the short amount of time? If so, what was the pain like ?
Art on September 07, 2017:
Shirley what happened
Shirley on September 05, 2017:
I would say it is the worst mistake I ever made! It has ruined my life and doctor does not care! I feel like he made a lot of money and left me with big problems, never warning of all side effects! I truly wish I could go back!!!
Dennis Jackson on August 30, 2017:
I had C5/C6 fused about 1 year ago, which followed on from C6/C7 being fused about 19years ago, I am experiencing a lot of very tight neck muscles which in turn are giving me shoulder pain and headaches, and chest tightness The latest x-rays all look good and the surgeon is very happen with the latest fusion. Is anyone else suffering from this problem
Mark hathaway on August 28, 2017:
Had c6 replaced in July 2016 with cage fitted.was in so much pain before the op was on so many painkillers including tramadol.was still working at the time so couldn't take them during the day so in lots of pain. Nervous about the op but went through with it and it's the best thing I ever did.surgeon told me the risk but anything was better than the pain I was in.just remember when it's settled please go to physio and strengthen your neck muscles it all helps.jusy over a year now feeling great and I don't take any pain relief anymore
Julie on August 24, 2017:
My sister had a fall, a year ago. fractured C5,and C6, surgery but minimal rehabilitation. She's in a wheelchair at a nursing home, unable to care for herself. On strong medication for pain. If she had the right care, would she be able too walk again?
Sonnette on August 23, 2017:
I am 55 years old. Had C1/C2 fixation done Have screws on both sides. I am now nearly 10 months post surgery. Had a follow up yoday with my neuro surgeon. Also had an MRI and CT scan done. According to the surgeon he is very happy with the bone that has fused no nerve impingement etc So from that point of view he is happy but the reason we had the MRI and CT done today is because I have really been struggling tremendously with severe tight feeling across the c1/c2 area and intermittent spasms I knew my rotation will be limited however I didn't expect to have this continuous severe tight feeling and numbness across back of my head. He suspects it could be because I still live an active life and have demanding business which I run which is obviously not the case in older people who has this surgery. I had developed very very bad osteo arthritis as a direct result of an injury I had sustained which is why the op was done. I'm interested to hear if there is anyone else who may be experiencing the same? Will time improve this??
Melissa on August 21, 2017:
I am post op 6 days from having my acdf surgery . I had herniated disc C5 thru C 7 and a large amount of bone spurs removed. They used titanium plates and screws. I will be in the collar for 6 weeks no exceptions per the surgeon! I took it off for the first time two days ago and I felt huge anxiety!
My upper body is pretty sore especially the back of my head and my chin. My incision is about 2 inches and I also had a drain tube during my stay at the hospital. I was in the hospital for three days. I'm still having trouble with swallowing and am on soft foods. It feels good to walk and get outside a little bit.
I had severe damage and it explains the severe numbness and loss of control of my right side. I was amazed by the feeling coming back to the right side. I have had some serious pain under the arm and throughout the shoulder blade, collar bone, throat issues and some issues swallowing prior to surgery.
I'm looking forward to getting back to normal soon! Thank you for this article as it has been helpful. I'm thankful that I chose to do this surgery. Without doing it I'm sure my winter with the cold winters would have been even more difficult! Looking forward to feeling better and living well.
Erica Hanson on August 03, 2017:
I have c2,c5 herniated discs,with bone spurs. Osteoarthritis in the dpine scoliosis and a herniated disc near the bottomof my spine which when flares ip causes siatic pain all the way to my toes making walking impossible at times. Tonight the pain is almost unbearable. Anti inflammatory drugs and ice arent helping anymore.
silver on July 19, 2017:
After recovery what will be the work limitation such as lifting or carrying limits.
BA Limerick on July 15, 2017:
I am 57 and just had a c7 disc replacement with the artificial disc. I was highly against any fusion options. My discussions with people who have had them or people who cared for loved ones that had fusions had nothing but ongoing problems. Yet, this is the first option the insurance company wants to approve.
After many months of pain and fighting for the right to avoid fusion, I am going on 3 weeks pain free. There is some post op stiffness that gets better everyday. Going back for xrays and I will push for the MRI too. They won't tell you that you are less likely to be approved for future MRI because of the metal used in fusions.
There is additional stress put on remaining discs after fusion that has a high probability to lead to more fusions and less neck mobility.
If you are evaluating options, don't let insurance policy prevent getting the best long term, least invasive and quickest recovery care demand the artifical disc replacement.
Your long term quality of life is more important than some actuary determining how you are going to live the rest of your days.
Veronica on July 11, 2017:
I had C-3-7, fusion & laminectomy surgery Feb. 16, 2017...I had to go to a nursing home for care because I had no one to help me. They had me in a wheelchair until May 22nd.My health Ins. said there were done so the home gave me a walker, said good luck, only gave me 2 pain pills & threw me out..They were very abusive & kept my pain meds from me in the middle of the night..(some of the mean nurses thought it was funny to watch me suffer) I lost my home so had to go to a motel...All I have to do is lay or sit in a chair then back to bed..I still have a lot of pain, neck stiffness & my entire body (neck down) is completely numb & I still have trouble walking..Help? Is it because I'm just laying too much?I don't feel well @all so I don't feel like doing anything else..There is no one to help me so it is rather difficult..It's been 5 months now, does it go away @all? The numbness in my hands & body are so strong it's about all I can take, too much longer..The pain drs. are areally another story & dont seem to care..I still have spinal stenosis, myelomalacia & lumbar 6mm compression. Anymore surgery? No thanks, What a nightmare..Any Ideas or Help..I just want some "Real-Drs." & some Honest Help & Care!! The nursing home in Ft. Wayne, In. on Hobson Rd. (between State St. & Lake Av.) Should be reported ASAP!! What people are doing behind closed doors Must-Stop!!
Nan on July 06, 2017:
I had c 4,5,6,7 fused in my neck on November 2016. I have had pain ever since, my Dr who is wonderful by the way checked everything out and everything came back good except muscle shrinkage in my shoulder blades, I'm still on pain meds and have been to physical therapy two separate times. He suggested going to a orthopedic surgeon. Any ideas why I'm still experiencing so much pain.
Dee on July 05, 2017:
I'm scared shitless. I've had so many surgeries on all parts of body, no problem, but going into this I have so many ? And no answers. Being 72 is not problem, I've been in pain all my life but the idea of possible paralysis and being unable to move my neck scares me to death
Deedee on July 01, 2017:
I'm 72 and need
4 cervical levels stabilized. Had many surgeries no big deal. THIS ONE has me scared. My son had it done to 3 levels and one of the screws broke. He's in severe pain all time. They think I need back surgery too but have to do neck first. Before I would say bring it on....
Kim on July 01, 2017:
Will my imbalance go after surgery or will I have it all my life I'm dieabetic have problems with c5 c6 c7 have arthritis really bad I have it all over my body my feet are the worst
Kenny on June 23, 2017:
Hi all .
Just been reading all your comments n stuff.its mask it easier for me .
As I'm having my opp on Friday 30th June so next Friday.
I'm crapping it a bit.
I'm having c3-c4 fusion .So just waiting.then the boredom start afterwords.
My neck is completely messed up my c5-c6 c6-c7 Is on the way out so I have more opps to come in the near future.
2 level acdf on June 13, 2017:
I stayed in the hospital over night with almost no pain. The next day went home and relaxed still only pain was high in the back and where they cut me it's a little swollen. It just seems so wrong with all the trauma of acdf I can turn my head look up and down about 60-70 degree I had c5-6 and6-7 my dr used " plastic" disk and a plate. I have Little a little discomfort while swallowing and started out with smooth food the evening of the surgery and by the next day I am able to eat whatever I'd like water definitely helps get the food down as it is a little sore to swallow all in all I was more scared and thinking I would be in a lot more pain I hope it heals up quickly with pain subsiding substantially in the next couple days
Adela on June 03, 2017:
Im 39 i had surgery on my neck c-6 rj
Hey put me 2 metal plate on my neck will i walk again
Kenny on June 01, 2017:
Hi there I'm off for my cervical decompression and fusion .I'm very nervous to say the least.
But when I had my Mir scan and told my spinal cord is at risk and more damage the pain got worse because I was more aware of it.but it's been nearly 3 month now but my neck is nearly pain free.im told this is my only option .but can't understand why I feel ok in my neck .I'm a scaffolder by trade.and this neck problem has been going on 4 about 2 to 3 years now .could it be that my damaged spine has shorted itself out .
Arthur D'Addario on May 21, 2017:
2 months post op, I began to feel tingling n spotty numbness in my hands, it's spread. PT didn't help. It's now 6 months n I feel like my movements are sluggish and labored. I was very quick, now I'm not. What's wrong? How do I fix or improve this?
Marietta Jackson on May 20, 2017:
I am having cervical spine surgery this coming Wednesday. Posterior laminectomy on C2-C6 with fusion. If anyone has had this done could you tell me if you had to go to rehab or get medical care at home . Did it cause a lot of pain?
Kenneth Beicke on May 03, 2017:
I had a tumor removed from my spine about a week ago, the surgery was from c3 to t1. I've been having a lot of numbness/tingling feelings in my left side (mostly hand and arm) and both legs. How long do these things usually last as it is extremely uncomfortable. The doctor said about 2 weeks but the sensations haven't improved and I'll be hitting the 2 week mark in only 3 days.
Tim Warlick on May 01, 2017:
Still have numbness, weakness in arms. 3 months after surgery. Will this condition ever get better?
Daile Miller Presley on April 09, 2017:
I had surgery on 1/28/16 c1-c7 and i still have alot of pain in my neck having a horrible pain in my coullar bone burning in my neck still having alot of pulling. Burning in my back where the cut me and the dr said its fine its been a year and still with pain noone can explain why its still hurts i have to take pain pills i just want to feel better can anyone tell me anything about what is going on i am so frustrated i cant even do my house work with hurting plz someone tell me what is happening
Michelle johnson on January 26, 2017:
I broke me neck in 99, had bone replacement and fusion with hardware. My hardware is made of nickel plated steel. My surrounding bones have dozens of fractures and bone disease I do not have good ROM, I have migraines every day for over a year, Iam always in pain. The neurologist can't help me no one can, is there any chance this could be taken out and replaced with titanium? Is it possible to re-do this? Yes I have nerve damage, tingling, numbness and more. Is this it for me? Survived double mastectomies from breast cancer and my pain is horrible I need help, any suggestions? Pls advise 815-679-6830
Graeme thomson on January 18, 2017:
Hi all, my second post here, I'm now 7 months post op after c1-c4 fusion with screws and rods. It's slowly getting better , but I still have quite a bit of stiffness in my neck and I've lost 50% of my left / right and lateral movement. The pain is slowly getting better and I'm back doing most things I enjoyed. I'm getting a new ct scan done next week to see how the fusions are going so fingers crossed it's progressing as planned..
Afzal on January 04, 2017:
Hi All, I also had an operation done on the 07/12/2016, A donor bone was taken from my left hip and was fused from C5 to C7. Ever since then, I have a numb feeling from my left hip to my knee and my left shoulder and arm is in constant pain. I was laid off work for a year and still suffering. I am currently taking the medication DF118 and Lerica which only helps for a short period of time. Any Advice?
email@example.com on January 03, 2017:
I had c4 c5 c6 surgery 5 months ago, is it normal to have arm pain
Penny wells on December 20, 2016:
8/12/16 I had c5-c7 lamnioplasty with instrumentation fusion. I was out of bed the same day (aided to walk) and assisted for a 2 days after that. By day 4 I was walking unaided. - doing stairs and getting in and out of bed reasonably easily. The first week was the hardest - its a balance between doing enough and not doing too much. - I found moving my shoulders in the first few days very painful but after a couple of exercises they loosen up and all is good. I am now home and this is where it becomes difficult to restrict what you do - Pain wise I am on meds still but it is manageable and I have started to reduce them (ice packs are also good!) Time off work depends on what you do for a living. - but I am advised 6 weeks and not to drive for 6 weeks. Hope this is useful to anyone heading for this opp. The fear is far far worse than the reality.
Ldynblk44 on December 13, 2016:
I am with you Roger, I had my second cervical spinal surgery October 31. They removed one vertebrae at c2 and put a cage in, removed additional bone buildup between vertebrae's and fuse C6 and seven screws and rods and I have a plate in front of my cervical spine also. My collar came off yesterday and I have difficulty turning my head in any direction, it also feels as though something is stuck in my throat at all times! I had one follow up appointment and no more are scheduled. I am also still in A lot of discomfort and I still have an extreme amount of swelling. From my chin to below the incision on my neck looks totally awful.
Roger avery on December 12, 2016:
I had my surgery November 3 of this yr ..yes my tingling is gone in my left arm but like u I also have problems looking up or simple things as watching TV ..I get dizzy and sick to my stomach also I'm constantly feeling like a lodge in my throat Everytime I swallow..I had my c5 thru c7 fused with plates and screws ..I go back for my 2 appointment tomorrow..I'm lost ..this sh** hurts still hmmm
Holly on December 08, 2016:
I had six weeks ago C-5 through C7 replace with silicone discs and screws.since then, I have been feeling sick as a dog all the timewhen I look down! I'm having issues with my left arm still going numb and I can't go back to work because of all this. I have passed out also to three times since my surgery when I look down or if I'm reading a book for at least 30 minutes Is this the norm?I feel like I'm constantly being gagged all the time as if you put your thumb on the lower part of your throat and your four fingers around your neck and squeeze that's what it feels like 24 seven
Senteria on December 04, 2016:
I had neck surgery back in 2008 a c2 c3 fusion with a rod in three screws my question will I ever be able to turn my neck they way I used to turn it
Gail Young on November 25, 2016:
Had C456 fusion done 4 weeks ago. Now pain in right arm is back, can't sleep. Dr said to stay active and not to lay around. Also said neck brace was not necessary. Feel like I'm not improving at all. Only taking Tramadol and is not helping. Anyone having same problem?
Dinesh Manani on November 20, 2016:
I had cervical spine TB in 1974, at age of 25 then, my C1 to C4 were effected by TB , luckily my C1-C2 were fused spontaneously with compression on brain steam odontoid peg was displaced and was moved upward decompression procedure with the front anterior surgery was ruled out in 1997 ( surgeon had advised to learn to endure the pain and stay alive they could give me strong pain killer to help manage various chronical pains surgery was not possible for me with osteoporosis and already very thin bones)
I wear SOMI brace since 1974 with chronical pains, with numbness and burning pain fulgurating on left side of head, pins and needles in arms and grinding and crunching notice when I walk or do anything. With two angioplasty, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes and prostate cancer waiting to be treated I am fighting to carry on as long people on street do not see all these hidden cocktails – my life long DLA is coming to end with help of PIP – but it is nice to be alive in pain then a cabbage, reading other people’s heart churning stories – my neck pain is much sweeter then it God blesses all
devteja on November 15, 2016:
i am 28 yrs old male from hyderabad.. i went to nims hospital doctor suggest me go for surgery, c5 and c6 nerve right hand side compression .. but i didnt get more pain, i am using tablets, i have exams .. without surgery is there anything complete solution.. if go for surgery is there any side effects.. plz give me anyone advice
Ruwan Kumara on November 02, 2016:
I had car accident last week and now in a hospital, with c2 neck injury
After MRI scan show that c2 fracture but nor harm for the spinal code, Nuro Sargon given me a two option to chose
1) Do C 2 fusion surgery and stabilize with the crews
2) Put a Neck color and keep 8 weeks for natural fracture healing
am 26 years old
Can anyone give me a advice and help me to go for a right decision
LoriBolton on November 02, 2016:
Hi, First time here.
On October 20, 2016 I had a second ACDF done. This was above the 1 that I had done 8 yrs ago. At that time I had c4-5 and c5-6. With plastic replacement disc, screws and a long plate. I felt WONDERFUL after!! Minimal pain, off ALL meds life was great. Now 6 yrs ago pain started aging went thru ALL tests AGAIN. I needed to have c2-3 and c3-4 with a plate tied into the other, more screws and again plastic disc. This time I am in a hard neck brace, with a lot of restrictions AND a lot of PAIN and muscle spasms I NEVER had with the other!! It's 13 Days post op. I feel SO BAD. Myes husband is wanting to take a 12 hr drive in about 2 wks. I don't think I can do it. I can't even DRIVE myself or ride YET.
WHY is this surgery SO much worse? Why do I HURT and tire easily? Why are my upper back around my shoulder blades spasming CONSTANTLY?? And the tops of my shoulders are VERY SORE. Not to mention I am still having trouble swallowing and have a scratchy throat.
CAN ANYONE give any feed back?
Graeme Thomson on August 09, 2016:
Hi all, I'm 8 weeks post op from c1-c4 fusion with screws / rods and bone fusions. I was suffering for 3 years with neck pain which ranged from a dull thud to very intense depending on my activity. It got to the point where I needed to do something about it after an initial consultation with my local doctor suggested arthritis. But I went to see a neurosurgeon which is when I found out I had degeneration in the top 2 vertebrae and it was a lot more serious than was first suggested. Surgery my the diagnosis and I had confidence with my surgeon this was the best result. It honestly scarred the crap out of me, not only the surgery but life afterwards and what restrictions I would have.
I'm a very active person, bike rider, drummer in a rock band, bush walking.. Generally lots of outdoor activity. So I prepared myself as best I could both physically and mentally in the month before the surgery. On the day I went into the operation with a million emotions go around inside me( I even got my will updated, just in case). Waking up after 6 hour surgery, everything was working, I could feel all limbs, my voice and sight was good and the pain wasn't to bad. The 8 weeks between now and then haven't been easy, and at times really stressful. Living in a neck brace 24/7 and bed bound quite a bit was hard, but now I'm just starting back at work and beginning to drive again. My surgeon is happy with the results of my surgery ( he said it was " innovative surgery he performed on me that day" and I will will be forever grateful for to him for taking my life in his hands and performing a delicate substantial surgery when many others would have floundered I feel. ( for you reference, Mr Patrick Chan, Epworth hospital, Melbourne.
To say the last 3 months of my life have been quite a trip, I'm feeling strong now, even though I have some limitation in neck movement forever and I need to be careful with how I live in the future. For anyone facing what I've faced my advice is find a surgeon that you are comfortable. With, who is clear in what he is planning on performing, and stay as active as possible before and after the surgery with plenty of walking. I also benefited from seeing a counsellor to help with the dark days ( and there will be plenty, trust me).
So now I've started Physio, 8 weeks post op and I'm confident that my life has been turned around compared to where I was 3 months ago.
Good luck and stay strong if your facing what I did, it's a long road, but you will get through it with the right team around you and the support of family and friends
Graeme, the spinal surgery survivor
Shari'a on August 06, 2016:
I had a5\6 fusion in 2008 went back to work four weeks later before surgery I couldn't lift right arm I have a tiny bit of weakness. Rolled my truck and fractured c,5 surgery above and below my other fusion couldn't raise left arm and index finger and thumb numb. Two months later I feel great hope to go back to work in one more month
Ekul on May 23, 2016:
I had my c5 c6 disc explode. The most pain in my left arm and neck I could ever imagine. Words can't explane how I was feeling. After mri scan I was advised surgery was the best option for me being a semi professional surfer. My surgeon advised me to go with the m6 disc replacement. Because the fuse would limit my mobility. After surgery the pain was gone completely and aparently I was as close to becoming a paraplegic as he has ever seen because of the damage around my spinal cord. 6 weeks later I'm surfing again and never felt better. I was off pain meds after 3 weeks. In my opinion the m6 is the way to go. Just thought I'd tell my story because I know how stressful it was for me. My advice is research the surgeon. The outcome could be different.
Nancy on April 19, 2016:
I had my first neck fusion C3 & c4 in 2008 and I was doing well. Then in 2012 I had a whiplash and it damaged the lower disc. C6 & C7 . Doctor replaced my disc with a cage. To date I am pain free. I move freely.
Supers49 on November 22, 2015:
I had a anterior cervical fusion of the 5-6-7 with a plate , screws and cadaver 9 weeks ago. I had horrific pain down the right arm. Now that pain is gone and I have numbness and tingling of the right thumb and two fingers on and off. I have difficulty moving my head to the right. Has anyone experienced these symptoms. Please let me know. Thank you.
Painz on July 18, 2015:
The reason there are so many different outcomes is because each person has surgery for a different condition. I am over a year post op from a C4-7 ACDF, which was done for spinal stenosis. In other words if I didn't have it, just turning my head too fast would have caused me paralysis (this all stemmed from whiplash). I also have severe DDD and so my whole spine is falling apart. I am in constant pain and am now having to stop working. Don't have the surgery unless there are no other options or your doctor thinks that your condition is a relatively simple surgery to cure you. I didn't have a choice; if I didn't have the surgery I would be paralyzed, if I did then I live with lots of restrictions and chronic pain. I was athletic, a health nut, thin and healthy and now I am applying for disability because I cannot work.
Sue p on January 14, 2015:
I had surgery for compression from C3toC6. I woke up in ITC paralysed from the neck down. Spent 3 months at Sheffield spinal unit. 1 year on i am walking on crutches and have nuropathic pain. I still have no feeling down my left side from my waist down. Just unlucky to have complications due to spinal shock.
vincent p on November 05, 2014:
I have had a fusion of c3 4 5.it consists of a plate and screws with 3 titanium discs.I was disappointed that the numbness and tightness in my forearms and hands[right side much worse]has not improved.i am 2 weeks into recovery and it is still a problem...doc said it was a 50 50 chance for improvement...but said it would not get worse.the surgery was done for severe spinal stenosis.
Yuli on September 23, 2014:
Broked my C1, they put a plate and screw from my skull to c2 can't turn my head to the sides, I'm 26 year old only 3 weeks since surgery.. I'm in soo much pain and is soo unconfortable... My head feels stuck and is so heavy Im still in the process of recuperating and I hope I can at least be able to drive my car again... It sucks.. ;;;((((
Darlene on September 09, 2014:
I am 21 days post C3-C6 decompression with fusion. I am still in pain with burning in my shoulder blades. I am to start PT, but feel my pain is too much for this. Is this normal?
Zac on July 21, 2014:
I had surgery consisting of c3-t1 posterior fusion with rods an screws. Allograft an autograft an bone marrow aspiration with the works. This was two year ago and they said that I have to keep the hardware in for life. I hate walking like a Robot. It do not feel good at all but I guess it could be worse. I am 52 right now.If I knew what I know now I would not of had it done. I pray everyday hoping that I get better. I am in pain every day but like I said it could have been worse. After the surgery I was in a wheelchair for three months then a walker for four months now I am on a cane so I have to say that I am blessed. I just wish if someone could tell me is it really true about the hardware. I wish I could take it off myself.
maria on July 06, 2013:
I had a cspine surgery one year and a half ago and still can't depend on my own can somebody tell me if I'm going to walk?
Amit Kumar on June 16, 2013:
My cousin brother had C5 C6 spinal surgery with plate & screw fusion on one week back, but still there is no improvements in terms of deparalyzing the post chest part of his body, huge pain around beck, respiratory disorder.
Lydia Hackworth on June 11, 2013:
I had surgery done on my cervical spine April of this year made two years and I have been having some real odd feelings in my neck! I have been experencing a choking feeling even to the point it has been waking me up in the middle of the night out of my sleep .I was wondering if this could be a side affect from my surgery I have a tight choking feelingin my neck all the time, some days are worse than others! I just need to know if this will ever go away!
imtiredofdpainguy on May 15, 2013:
I just had a C4-5 nerve block done yesterday because my left shoulder and bicep and on down my arm were in severe pain and i could hardly turn my neck. I have little strength (so weak) in my left arm.I have bulging at C3-4 and C4-5 and herinated at C5-6. I didn't won't the nerve block because i only had 12 weeks to be off work .If 1 day pass they will fire me. That's how it works there and I been there 18yrs. As of today, I have 8 weeks left of short term disability left. I want to do the surgery and have time to rest before I go back. My job is hard labor is the reason i'm in this situation now. I'm not used to not working. I love working. I have been working with a herination at L5-S1, bulging at L1 and L2. I been on pain meds for the last 4-5yrs. I got Sciatica and nurophathy in my legs. I wish i could go 1 day with no pain but I don't see it for me no time soon. I know its only been a day after the nerve block but im feeeling pain in my neck and left shoulder and arm again. it still week, I go back on the 29th of May if not sooner. im going to tell him to go ahead and do the surgery if it starts hurting again. I had 7 nerve blocks in my lower back and it didn't do any good but take my money. The 29th of May will leave me 6weeks left on short term disability.
paul on April 06, 2013:
In July of 2012 I developed a tingling sensation down my left arm. Went to see my gp he did a WMV everything was great. But had mego for MRI. It showed degenerative disc in c3 and c4 plus other issues. Saw two neurosurgens advised me my cervical spin was diseasing and I needed complete rebuilding and lamintomy from c3 to t1 .so on1/17/13 they operated.
Woke up after surgery ok druged arm movement some pail. The evening of 1/20 both arms became paralyzed. The ran test and had no answer . I was transferrred to a rehab hospltal until 2/15. I ve been home left arm works but veryweak the right arm bicep and shoulder are degenerating the left shoulder and my neak are painful. The surgeon says that the xraya.dmri shows everything looks good and we need nature to take its course.oh the neuroligist did post op test and discovered that my c5 and c6 are now in a denervation pattern that did not exist pre op. I started out patient therapy this Fri and is not very optmistic becacuse there shows very little relay I.fo from c5and c6. I'm seeing anorthpedic
A orthpedic surgeon Monday. Plus my diaphram is note expanding fully the right side so my breathing is resticted because the c5and c6 are not functing ... Any help,sugestions, or the same problems would be appreciated...
Dennis on March 29, 2013:
I had surgery yesterday: Anterior cervical Discectomy and Fusion of the c-4 and c-5 disk in neck. Surgery was said to of gone well ,however throat is real sore and it's hard to swallow. This was done as an outpatient and I'm not wearing a collar, nor was any therapy offered. I was told to follow up with DR. in about 4 wks. What I have noticed is unable to sleep at all because of neck pain as well as upper back muscle soreness , shoulder soreness and when I point with my right hand I'm experiencing uncontrollable shakes of my right hand. My right hand never hand any issues prior to surgery. The numbness has settled down in my left hand fingers, still some soreness in left forearm. No metal plates were placed in neck. I'm a little concerned about maybe lack of treatment as well as follow up treatments . What does anyone else think is going on?
Lor's Stories from Central New Jersey on February 12, 2013:
It saved my life. But also changed it.
I'm starting a piece on my life-death decision I faced last year,
Gianna Hunter on September 25, 2012:
My 46 Year old nephew had frontal neck surgery, He passed away 11 days later ! He was in fine shape.
Joy on September 20, 2012:
Just had anteriour cervical fusion on C6/C7 on Monday, Sept. 17th. 1st day, I was fine. The second day, I have extreme neck, shoulder and arm pain. My thumb, pointer middle fingers being numb. Sometimes the numbess radiates down my arm so intense, it takes me to the brink of almost loosing it. Wondering why I did this. Can't sleep in a bed, rocker recliner is in only way I can get comfy. I was given no collar to wear? Have valium for a muscle relaxer and hydro-codeine for pain. Dr just prescribed a steroid for inflammation. I know people heal at different rates but is there any relief in site??? Please. I will say my headaches are gone but that is the only plus as of yet. Praying for a speedy, healthy recovery...
Nat on September 07, 2012:
I really felt I needed to post a comment after reading all the above posts prior and post my operation. I read the negative posts and focused on these before my operation but 5 weeks after my c4-5 discectomy with fusion, which was needed as I had severe myelopathy of the spinal cord, I experienced pain in my upper arms weakness in my legs, pain in the base of my skull etc but I continued to work and accept my situation until I was told that to continue like this would be catastrophic for me. Within a couple of weeks of the diagnosis I was operated on by a fantastic surgeon who explained everything, I have had no plate and no collar or brace, I had the disc removed and decompression of the spinal cord and root nerves which were badly inflamed. My stay in hospital was 1 night only which I have to say there was no sleep due to observations and neuro tests throughout the night. I came home sore and needed codeine and paracetamol for the first two days after day four I was sat on a local beach sun bathing, I have followed advice to the letter walking every day at least twice a day, there was no promise of relief of pain just stabilisation of the neck however I am thrilled I no longer need pain killers and I'm sleeping better than I have in the last year. I have nothing but positive things to say about my operation and thank god for the good doctors and at 5 weeks I feel great with a scar which is not really prominent. If you need this operation then don't worry my worse thing was the reaction of the anaesthetic being sick! Easily remedied, Take it easy do as you are told and walk walk walk even on the third day get out there it not only does you good mentally but physically as my co-ordination due to the myelopathy was affected but now at 5 weeks I am improved on post op. Good Luck!
Kay on September 02, 2012:
I'm 21 & 3 years ago I was involved in a car accident where I suffered from severe whiplash. Since then I have been in & out of hospital, tried acupuncture physio, all types of massages to get my arm & neck moving! I have an annoying numbness in my arm & constant neck & shoulder pain! I was told a few days ago that the only way I would fully recover was if I have surgery or otherwise to 'put up' with the pain! Urgh! I feel scared, as I've never had surgery in my life & the thought of it makes me feel physically sick! Ive been reading up on this now & my physiotherapist warned me that with my particular injury I risk the threat of paralysis if I do have surgery! I'm 21, recently graduated have so much ahead of me! So much aspirations & right now my life has come to a sudden hault! Sorry had to share that with people who are/ have experienced similar things to me! I'm sick of everyone I know telling me 'not to worry' and I will 'be okay' when they live completely normal lives! :(
Nat on August 10, 2012:
I am now 8 days post op of a C4/C5 anterior discectomy. I can say that I was up and about within 8 hours of the operation and out the following day. I was discharged with codeine and paracetamol and after one week needed niether. I am sticking religious to what physio and my consultant advised for exercise and make sure I take 2 walks a day for at least 20 mins. After the initial swelling and soreness of the throat area the pain in the neck is less than what I was experiencing before my op. I needed the operation due to severe mylopathy of the spinal cord due to hernia of the disc. I can't praise my consultant enough and hope to continue to recover at my current rate I can barely see the scar already. I have been told that driving is a no no for 6 weeks and I am following this advice as I don't want to set my self back and the most uncomfortable time is when I am passenger in a car so can't contemplate driving myself or others about. Hope you find this post useful.
nibin on August 08, 2012:
plz help me out wit my problem ....hi this is nibin ..i met wit an accident on dec 9th 2011 ..i had a severe headinjury due to that i had a cervical frature on c1c2..ihad a c1c2 fission surgery ..doctor said abt 2 procedures 1 is about srew and plate and another is platinum thread binding ...by gods grace srew nd plates dint fixd ..platinum thread was binded to c1c2..i had this sugery in the month of march 2012 ..am nt comfort wit my neck.. i hav pain..i cnt rotate my head by side by side ...always a questuon hits me whether cnt i move my neck frevr or cnt i c turning my head by sides....so cn any 1 give details abt my procedure ..it wuld b very thank full to u .....
ian on July 18, 2012:
i had c1 and c2 fused with a bone graft and plates n screws 4 weeks ago was out of hospital in 30 hrs. have been doin some things that i wasn't supposed to lifting to much mowin grass 2 days after. i still get days where its stiff n soar but im thinkin that the way it feels now in time the only limitation that i will be left with is a slight loss in left to right movement in my neck . next time i wont let that guy drive lol
Isaac on July 11, 2012:
I'm 42yrs old had a c3-c6 fixation last april; since then iam induring numbness, tingling pain in arms and legs, my legs are very heavy with cold knees. Any one with a helping idea?
Emma B. on June 30, 2012:
Hello ! I'm 14 years old and 4 weeks ago I had a major surgery for my neck . I'm a high level gymnast and I fell hard in practice. When my surgeon saw the x-rays , he said that I should be paralysed and even dead :S So he took the chance to give me the surgery ! I had 5 days of traction before and then the surgery .. I woke up 6 hours after I left my room and finally it was done. They explained to me that they went in front of my neck to take the entire C5 and that they replaced it with my hip bone by the back of my neck . They used 2 metal plates and 11 screws to fix my C5 with my C4 and C6 ! They told me that I had a lot of risks because my spinal cord was compressed a lot and that I only had 2mm left until being paralysed ... and I stayed 5 days at the hospital after the surgery. For the moment I feel good, no pain . BUT I have a question to all of you , if someone can answer me it would be really helpful :) As I said I'm a gymnast , I was training 25 hours to 30 hours a week for national competitions and I still want to go back into gymnastics ( even if I broke my neck twice ) because at 14 my career is not done ! When I asked my surgeon about gymnastics he said that it's not sure that he allows me too start again cause I have big risks ... But he said that we'll have to talk about it in 6 weeks . Now , I have an appointment with 2 specialists and him in 1 week to remove my collar and to do x-rays but especially for gymnastics :) I need to know if some of you as been told after their surgery that they could start sports again and how long does it takes before coming back !!! Plz I need to know , I hope it's not like 6 months or a year ... Maybe weeks ??? CAN SOMEONE HELP ME ?
Thank you and good luck to all !
Joan on June 28, 2012:
Had ADCF surgery 5 days ago and yipee. From the moment I got back on the ward I noticed I had no more pain in any arms. Both arms before surgery were very painful, my elbow in my left arm was getting impossible to bend and the shooting pains in my wrist and hands was horrible. The only pain I have from surgery is a sore throat, so I have only been able to eat soft foods. Cant believe I have put up with this pa in for a long time and to resolve it has been so simple. It feels really weird not to have any pain anymore. Can't wait to get back to all my usual activities. Found a fab neuro surgeon, just amazing.
Chris on June 12, 2012:
Sorry for all the posts from people with a negative experience with spinal surgery. I feel very fortunate. I have experienced neck pain and discomfort for at least 10 years. Finally got a doctor to agree I was in disrepair. I am 49 years of age, work at a computer and do not get the excerise that I should have. I had C5-C6 disk replacement on May 2nd 2012. I was in surgery for a mere 1 and a half hours. Woke up with no pain at all in my neck, back and left arm. I walked out of the hospital two hours later. Its been about 5 weeks, the incision is mostly healed (Its tough to shave though) and I ran around the block last saturday. I would say radius motion is around 80% or more.
Again, I feel fortunate to have had success and look forward to running 5 miles again in the coming months like the old days. Good luck everyone in healing.
firstname.lastname@example.org on June 12, 2012:
I had c5 / c6 disk replacement in March 2012 - don't know what brand, plus I had the titanium plate screwed into my cervical spine as well, and have had 2 MRI's and three xrays, and the pain is just TERRIBLE! I can't get comfortable, it feels like my head is too heavy to hold up. There is pain down my right arm into my hand, and my shoulders and neck are ALWAYS tense, tight, and in pain. I'm in tears all the time. I was referred by my neurosurgeon to a pain management doctor, and I've had 2 nerve blocks since the surgery, not helping much at all. I don't know what else to do. The pain doctor now wants me to get a doppler screening to see about possible Thorasic Outlet Syndrome...that appontment is next week - does anyone have any advice? I also find that I get very dizzy for no reason at all - not sure if this has anything to do with the pain I'm always in or not? I'm very uncomfortable, very hurt, and pretty miserable all the time - it's affecting my way of life drastically. I'm normally a very happy person, but pain is making me miserable. I also don't react well to most medications (they make me feel sick to my stomache). Please reply there are any suggestions that might help. Thanks very much!
Ange on June 11, 2012:
I had a Laminectomy at C5 a Foraminotomy.
On recovery after surgery I had no arm movement. Its six weeks since surgery and I till have no arm movement. The arm weight hanging down is now causing problems with shoulder dislocating and having trouble holding head up. Horrible stuff I am 64 year old male and the loss of my left arm has changed my life over night. DO NOT have surgery if you can avoid it. Surgeons love to practice. Once you sign the on the dotted line it becomes your problem. All care no responsibility.
tracy on June 11, 2012:
I had cervical discectomy on May 24th
nirmal kumar singh on May 25, 2012:
i will be very thankful as well as debtfull to you people if you make me understand the cause of my fathers death after being operated for c2-c3 cervical injury.3 days of his operation he was very fine but suddenly he became unconcious followed by seizures after a week. later we came to know that he got cerebral hypoxia.my question is when he was done tracheostomy all time he was on ventilator. so how come he had insufficient supply of 0xygen.i tell you the fact my dad was diabetic. if this is the reason we should be informed earlier. as the doctor said they can control the sugar and do the operation. the electrolytes was balanced, there was no sign of infection, csf test was negative. still the doctors were unable to find the cause. after seeing mri we found his cord was swollen from c2-c7 level. please please please i want to know the cause of these problems.if you require further study i will help you with that. please mail me at email@example.com. thanks
Crystal on May 23, 2012:
View James Makker's profile on the medicare database!!! Google his name and read what he does!!! He is a scam to these patients!!! He says you need mulitple surgeries to fix the issue but waits til after he 1st surgery to tell you that you will need a 2nd surgery and so on!!!! DO NOT USE THIS PERSON'S ADVICE NOR AS A DOCTOR!!!!
firstname.lastname@example.org on May 23, 2012:
My father is also suffering from bulge at c2-c3 disk and
there is a slight increse in the bone on vertebrae c2 and c3, i tried and touched every hospital and spine surgeons, every one said we shd under go Surgery. We know Spinalcord surgery is at high Risk. We just joined here at Kerala ayurvedam and started treatment.
jj on May 17, 2012:
@Jennifer did they possibly use that bone growth stuff in your neck? Its only approved for the lumbar spine - and Medtronics tried to promote off label uses of it and it makes people swell in the neck. hmm
Laletaah krishnanklaletaah on May 14, 2012:
Hi. My sis fiancé gone through the c5-c6 surgery due to barrelss pain and numbness on 1st may 2012. He's still in hosp n unable to walk still. He could feel anything below his hip after the surgery until now. Just started to move his fingers slowly but still can't grab or hold things properly. Going through rehab activities but not sure when he can recover fully. Their wedding is on 7th June but he's still hospitalized. Can someone tell roughly when he can recover fully? Also how long normally it will takes to recover from these kind of post surgery prob?
Really hopes that he can walk in another one or two weeks time, before their ceremony. Is that possible?
Or else, worst come to worst, we need to cancel the ceremony which involve lost of deposits paid for the event.....
marygrace on May 14, 2012:
I had my C4-C5 fused with instrumentation and bone graft from my thigh last 2011..its been a year now after that operation..i don't feel much pain after the operation so i take pain relievers occasionally.. I'm just experiencing heaviness of my shoulders whenever im so tired from working...i started working in the office a month after my operation..my doc told me that i can have check ups now once a year cos my spine healed completely..Im 30 and i gained back all my motor skills and living normally..saved from the fact that i cant carry big heavy things anymore..that makes me sad...Im a single mom and before the operation I used to hug and carry my daughter..but its ok..at least now i can run and play with her anytime..At t he time of the surgery my spine was so compressed by the herniated disc that the doc said its so thin that it will takes minutes before i get paralyzed..Thank God I had been scheduled for surgery earlier than what is scheduled XD
blake on May 12, 2012:
In 2009 I broke my neck in three places had neck fusion from c5 to t1 I have cage plate and six screws it hurts alot even two years prior
BRIAN on May 08, 2012:
I had a c5-7 anterior fusion in June of 2011 and did good for about 6 weeks and then my pain came started to come back and now its twice as bad as it was before the surgery I'M MISERABLE....but now they're saying that the screws used are to long and entrapping the nerve and will need another surgery to correct it. My problem is I dont know how risky or dangerous is messing with the screws almost a year after they were put in not that i really care because i cant live with the pain much longer so I'd be willing to do practically anything to fix it
Indiana Kim on May 08, 2012:
On April 27 I had corpectomy and replacement fusion on c6. I was having pain in my shoulders as well as forarm and bicep. Numbnessin all fingers depending on position I was standing. I also had mild scoliosis. My MRI showed no cusion between c6 and c7. The sugergy was to be anterior to add a wedge remove all bone spurs affecting nerves in my spinal cord. Once my surgeon strated the procedure he relized my spinal cord was compressessed and pinched. As of today I have no pain and taking minmal pain meds. Wearing my collar when I sleep and walking slowley around my culdesac. The only thing I am noting is slight vertigo every now and then will be calling my doctor about that. Recommend surgery highly for those in pain better to fix issue then live in agony.
Andrea on May 04, 2012:
Hi Becca, I am now 25 days post surgery. No pain meds, panadol maybe once a day but not every day. I do have discomf from the base of my skull to the middle of my back. But not pain, just stiff muscles. Got driven to work and picked up yesterday and survived ok with just lying flat on the floor once for about 15 minutes. I couldn't use my left arm and had pain that was only controlled with morphine, lyrica, and oxycondone every day. I didn't have a bone graft though, I had two cages (filled with bone shavings from my spine) 1 plate and six screws. It is my understanding from my surgeon that your recovery time is fastest with the cages and plates. You should ask if you can have that and avoid the bone graft. That will increase your recovery time. I had no life prior to surgery. I pray that you have the same experience as me and that your surgery is a success.
Hi Vee, I just want to confirm to you that in no way do I regret having my surgery. It gave me my life back. I am currently doing all things that I used to less, lifting over 5kg, tilting my head to look at the ceiling and when I turn my head I turn from the waist I don't twist my neck. I just get tired by the end of the day. I pray that you are not scared and that God uses the surgeons hands to heal you both.
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Barbie on April 27, 2012:
I just had a fusion at C7- T1. My vertebrae was slipping far and my spinal cord was being touched. I've had neck pain for years because of degenerative discs. Now I'm feeling a lot of pain in my muscles in my upper back and upper arms. I didn't expect to be pain free as I have arthritis but he took the bone spurs off too........ so why am I having all this muscle pain still?!!!!!!!
Andrea on April 26, 2012:
Day 19 after c5 c6 c7 spinal fusion with cages and a plate. No drugs other than panadol, no pain, no sleep though but hoping that will change. Walking to the corner and back most days which is about 1km. Ok riding in the car but not driving. Weakness in my arms when I try to wash my hair. Am I expecting too much to want to do more? Can anyone tell me what sort of restrictions they have for the same surgery.
Sarah on April 26, 2012:
I broke my c2 on February 13th. I am 35 years old and have been in a halo for 9 weeks. I am praying for a miracle that I won't need fusion surgery. My left side is almost healed and my right side is about 50% healed. My surgeon (which I will not be going back to) is addiment on me only wearing the halo for 12 weeks and says I will need the fusion surgery. My question is, is there a way to just repair the ligament if the bone heals?
Amanda79 on April 25, 2012:
I need some positive help! I am having surgery to fuse disc c4 and c5. I am so scared to have the surgery, but I am in so much pain. I am only 32, and injured it at work, in which I am a special education aide. It has been over a month and a half since my injury, i have had 3 epidurals, and been to the doctor more times than i can count. I have left arm numbness, and sometimes pain, but mainly tingling in my fingers. My doctor said the ruptured disc is apparently pressing up against the nerve. Can anyone tell me what to expect the first 48 hours after surgery? My email is email@example.com
I would appreciate any advice or tips to help me relieve my fears!
Vee on April 23, 2012:
Hi Becca - I totally understand you freaking out...I am really scared as well. My surgery is May 2, 2012. I am having the same thing done as you but two bone grafts - not four. This site is making me worry. These people seem to regret having surgery. Look on YouTube because I found that almost everyone who posted something there, was happy they had gone ahead with surgery.
Good luck to you!
Becca on April 21, 2012:
Glad I found this. I'm 37 and have no curve in my neck. A neurologist found it when I was 22. Didn't cause much problems till 3 years ago. The pain is excruciating. My surgery is May 8, 2012. I forget what its called but it was explained that I'm getting 4 cadavor bones and they are getting fused and something about clearing out my disk space and around the nerve area. My right ARM is almost useless. I've been on pain meds since I was 12. The pain this month was so bad I went through my pain meds in 10 out of 30 days. So now I'm just suffering till surgery. I've had 7 other surgeries mostly abdominal. This is the only one that scares me. I'm freaking out.
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