Hi, I am Darrell. I have had neck pain for many years. I had one previous fusion at c5 and c6 in 2003. I am now going in for another fusion 3/8/10. The surgeon is tying into my current fusion and then will fuse C7 and T1. According to my surgeon I will have instrumentation running from C5 to T2. He also says that he is leaving the remaining disks (C4 and C3) un-fused because he does not want to completely limit my mobility. Has any one else had that surgery and what was the outcome. Also I am interested in knowing if any veterans out there has filed for disability on this type of surgery. I am a total of 60% with 20% related to my previous fusion. I am not sure if it is worth going for an increase in my current rating.
Also, I am concerned about returning to work. I am an investigator and 90% of my time is staring at a computer screen and typing. Has any one with a similar surgery and similar work experience any problems returning to work. I am concerned about that after the surgery is completed.
Any suggestions or input would be appreciated. Thanks