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Six Cervical Fusions?

lafaganllafagan Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I've been told I need 6 cervical fusions. A pair of cervical vertabrae are already fused by a congenital abnormality. Has any else had this many? What will my range of motion be post surgery?



  • I have six surgically fused cervical levels. My range of motion is limited side to side, Ok to look down, very difficult to look up, and impossible to put ear towards shoulder. After surgery on the lower cervical levels I wound up with a paralyzed vocal cord and swallowing difficulties. I had to spend months in speech therapy. My fusions were about 12 years ago. I have only heard of a couple other six levels over the past few years. It is very unusual. I originally had a four level, then a year later, had the hardware removed when they extended the levels up to C2 and down to T1. It was necessary due to mylopathy going to my shoulders, arms and hands. I had several opinions and waited over a year before the first surgery, but the damage to my hands was progressing. Make sure that your doctor has done a six level previously. It takes a very skilled surgeon to do this.
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