I just had a 5 lvl lumbar laminectomy 2 1/2 weeks ago. Sometime around the 1st of this next yr I will be having a two level discectomy fusion in my neck.
The most I've had so far was a two level laminectomy on my neck about a yr and a half ago. That did not alleviate any of my pain in my arms.
I have a different neurosurgeon who will do my neck surgery than the one who did my laminectomy on my neck a yr and a h alf ago. This surgeon works out of the hospital my wife works at in medical records. The hospital waived the 20 percent I'd normally have to pay for my hospital stay because she works there.
This surgeon will be putting in titanium plate and screws. He will be using bone marrow from my hip and bone from a bone bank.
My concerns are I have heard after this surgery the patient often feels like they have a golf ball in their throat for a time. I am concerned about being able to swallow normally.
Can others who have had this surgery share their experience with me? It would be most appreciated.
I'm on Social Security Disability. My Medicare kicks in in November of this year. That will help also when I have this done. I'm waiting til the New Year so I can enjoy the food on Thanksgiving and Christmas.