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6 week post-op coming up in 2 days...

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:30 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
If, and I mean IF the fusion isn't going so well, what happens?

Here is the X-ray I had done today:



  • No comments at all? :)

    Does anyone know by looking at that pic, what type of prosthesis that is?
  • that nobody has replied. I don't know what you have. What did your doctor say? Are you beginning to fuse? Are you in pain?
  • I still have some pain, mostly in the back of my neck and right shoulder. The doc said it will be a while before that goes away too, if it does at all. When I woke up from the surgery first the I noticed was the numbness and tinglies were gone from both hands and forearms. Still had pain in my forearms and upper arms though, which is mostly gone now.

    As far as the neck brace is concerned, it's off!!! Well, almost. I have to ween off it over the next 7 days, then I have to wear it while sleeping for the following week. So for the next two days I can take it off for 1 hour at a time for a total of 6 hours, tomorrow or Friday I can take it off for 2 hours at a time and so on.

    He was suprised by the better than normal range of motion I have, he said most people their necks are so stiff that they can only move their neck a little, then he questioned if I had been wearing it all the time, which I have.

    He said the X-ray looks great. One little downer though, he did say that for the rest of my life I won't be able to lift more than 10-15lbs over my shoulders. He said below my shoulders is restricted by my lumbar surgery which he did say that I can slowly work up to a decent weight again, maybe 100lbs tops.

    All in all, I'm really happy with the way everything has turned out. There was no way I could have dealt with that level of pain for very much longer.
  • You sound just like me - I still have pain in my left shoulder and the back of my neck and my doc said that's normal also.

    I had great ROM when my collars came off too.

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