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Jefferson Fracture -- Atlanto Occipital Dislocation?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:37 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Anyone else out there suffer a 3 or 4 plc fracture of the C1, known as a Jefferson Fracture?

How about anyone else who suffered atlanto occipital dislocation? (C1 broke loose from the skull), AKA dislocation of the occipital condyles or laymen's terms, internal decapitation?



  • Hi,

    Sorry to hear of your problem.
    Did you have surgery to stablize your neck?
    I had surgery 6 years ago from skull base to c6.
    I was told that if I did not have surgery I would be
    My problem was compression of the spinal cord.
    Plates and rods were used to stablize my neck

    Surgery helped to reduce pain/tingling/numbness.
    I have made adjustment to my life in order to cope.
    I do not have full movement of my neck from side to side.
    Hope you days will not be too difficult.

  • thanks for the reply!

    No, I have not had surgery 'yet'!

    I was set up for a fusion much like you had (mine would have been back of skull down to C5) for April 24, then my surgery was postponed due to problems going on for my surgeon (legally, with another patient)...then my surgery was set again for June 4, and I flew the 3000 mi there and was set up and preadmitted to the hospital and the night before, my surgeon decided I didn't need the surgery and cancelled it altogether. I feel that decision was made not with my best interests at heart, but anyway...I am still very unstable. It's been 5.5 years since my injury. I become more debilitated all the time but I also know I am very blessed to even be alive, walking and talking!

    I'm sorry about your lack of mobility. I also have a great lack of that, even without the neck surgery, but have learned to get used to it.

    I did have, back east, a "tethered cord" surgery, in preparation for the fusion. My spinal cord was released (the filum holding it down tight was sectioned) in 2007, but that has not solved any problems except the urinary ones, it did fix those. Still have lots of pain "below the waist" in low back, all of legs and feet.

    Thank you so much for responding!! And for your good wishes. I also pray that your days are also not too difficult.

    I will be seeing a new neurosurgeon in Portland, OR, at OHSU on Nov. 18. I'll see if he suggests surgery.

    Was your C1 fractured? What injury did you sustain?

    thanks again!

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