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Halo, possible surgery?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello, I just wanted to say my story an see if anyone has a similar experience. About a month ago I broke my C2 and am in a halo right now, it has been very difficult not doing much and am starting to have lower back pain from the heavy weight of the halo. But anywho, on the first of next month I go in to see how long I need to have this on or if i need fusion surgery. The neuro surgeon said because I'm young that I will heal in three months which would be the end of sept. but I am very worried that I might need to have a fusion, and he said they might go either from the front or back? Can anyone explain what the risks are for the surgery? Thanks!


  • welcome...there are so many things to consider when computing risk percentages. there is infection, nerve damage, chronic pain, and failed fusion. each would have a percentage associated with it and it would depend on your individual situation and the surgeons skills. if anything its just a guestimate. based on my experiences with surgery the surgeons seem overly optomistic when the give you their estimates.....try to get as much info as possible. you might get 2nd opinion for comparison....good luck....pete
  • Thank you very much I really appreciate it
  • Pete is right! If I were you I think it's best to keep the lines of communication open with your doctor/surgeon. There are risks with any procedure and the added stress or worrying isn't good for you. It's a long recovery and the people who recover are the one's who listen to their surgeons. The specialists are the ones who went to medical school and know their stuff very well. Age does help in the healing process like your doctor said. Having a positive attitude will also help in your recovery. Good Luck :)
    2005-ACDF with Corpectomy at C3-C-5.
    2006-L4-L5 diskectomy.
    2009-Cervical laminectomy at C3.
    Steroid injections series x 4.
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