Hi. I am glad to be back after a year, but not too happy having to face more surgery. I am still less than 12 months post op for two cervical surgeries last year: C5-6 fusion with plating; C4-6 foraminotomy with wiring. I was doing well and then had a chair slip out from under me while at a Fourth of July party. When I hit the ground my back and neck hit a post on the deck where we were. Worst or all, I was drinking Pepsi!
The orthopedic surgeon I had last year told me that it's pretty much certain that we have to fuse either C6-C7 and maybe T1. The thought of more surgery and another multi-month recuperation is enough to make me scream, but that doesn't stop the pain. So, I have an MRI this week and then the follow up with the surgeon to decide exactly how much work we have to do since the pressure is on the spinal cord and also pressing on my esophagus (you gotta see the angle of C7--weird).
My question is for anyone who has had this surgery before. How do they enter, anterior or posterior? Is the cut closer to the collar bone or like they did earlier, at the middle of the throat? I am far from a vain person, but I really don't want scars all over my throat and neck (someone suggested I get them tattooed like a zipper :-) ). What kind of recuperation did you have?
Thanks. I'd appreciate any comments.
Jim in CT