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c3-t2 fusion

flynsamfflynsam Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
My surgeon has recommended a c3-t2 fusion done from the back. I am wondering what I might expect for recovery time and whether or not I will see improvement in symptoms or if it just won't get worse. I'm 60 and want to be able to stay active. Should I wait until the symptoms/pain get really severe before surgery.


  • Hi Sam,
    I am fused from C5 to T1, with a complete vertebrectomy and a partial one as well. I can tell you from my own experience that the surgery you mention is a big one. Without knowing your symptoms, history, why they are proposing the surgery, etc. it would be difficult to even form an opinion on whether you should wait. More importantly though, only you can decide whether you are bad enough to do the surgery now.

    The posterior surgery generally takes more time to recover from when compared with a typical front approach, but we are all different.

    I would suggest that you schedule another appointment to speak with your doctor again, with a list of questions in hand. This is a big surgery and a big decision. I'd also love to hear more of your situation. Post more details and possibly someone can share their experiences with you. We can't advise you on what to do, but it never hurts to hear patient experiences and what we've all been through.

    Welcome to spine-health!
    Surviving chronic pain one day at a time, praying for a reprieve because living another 40 years like this doesn't sound too fun!
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