My husbands surgery is now scheduled. I need to understand what is going to happen. The Dr's. say is neck now is so unstable that a small rear end auto accident could kill him. They want to fuse C2 -C6 in one procedure taking about 10 hours to complete. He hasn't been able to move his neck much from side to side for years. Also has numbness in fingers of both hands. He is active and just tries to ignore the pain he is now in.
What kind of recovery can he expect? Side effects? Will the current pain lessen or will there be more? Should he do this all at once as they want to do or partial? They will not be using bone grafts. I believe it will be titanium.
I don't know if this matters but he is 45 years old 6'4" and about 215 lbs.
Any advise would be appreciated.