I had anterior fusion C4567 March 2008. I have been having constant pain for the past 6 or so months. When I bend my head to my chest I lose my voice and have trouble swallowing. I saw a NS and he ordered a CAT Scan. This revealed a halo around the screws which indicated to him that the fusion did not take completely. He has told me that I need to take the plate out from the front and open me up from the back (posterior) and put in another plate there. He told me the total time for the surgery would be around 5 1/2 hours. To say that I am nervous is simply not enough.
Has anyone had this procedure done to them? I would like to know what the recovery is like also. Plus, I cannot tolerate pain medication either.