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Fascia or Muscle Tear - Posterior Cervical Fusion?

jben55jjben55 Posts: 35
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:53 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
How easy is it to tear the fascia after posterior cervical fusion and what does it look and feel like?

I have been unable to find anything on line that states this as a complication from surgery but my NS keeps bringing it up in my recovery to ensure I keep my arms by my sides. He may be saying that to me because he knows I've been an active person in the past and to stop me from doing overhead things and carrying my 2-year old daughter.

I was told by a spine specialist nurse practioner that if I tore the fascia it would be pretty pronounced pain and discoloration present from bleeding/brusing. Also that it is not that common of an issue after surgery as they do a pretty good job of suturing us back up - no pun intended. Any knowledge on the subject is greatly appreciated.



  • Jon,

    One of the hardest parts of posterior surgery recovery is the muscle spasms. If I understand correctly your still in a cervical collar, and I would bet your still having some pretty severe muscle spasms. I am not sure if you have a good muscle relaxer or not, but that might help some of what your feeling. Also if I remember correctly you work a desk job. You might try using a bed buddy during the day at work to help with the spasms. If you have a tens unit you might try that as well. Posterior surgery is much harder to recover from and while everyone is different, due to the level of pains, most think something is wrong, while it is just part of the healing process. I did loose my posterior muscle when I had the surgery, but the signs were obvious. Also you might ask your doctor if you can do some massage therapy, as some times that helps breakup the spasms.
  • Very good advice and likely the discomfort is due to muscle spasms and perhaps some residual surgical pain. It's just that when you go for a few days feeling relatively good and then all of a sudden you don't, it's easy to immediately think something happened. I'm presently taking Soma 350mg and Norco 250mg and it is not offering much relief. Also because my NS keeps talking about the fascia, I can't help but think "uh-oh" did I tear it. But from what you are saying, it would be very obvious. So I'll see if perhaps he'll let me start massage therapy with a PT as soon as possible.

  • Jon,

    How long have you been on soma and how much are you taking? It could you have become immune to it. There are a ton of muscle relaxers out on the market. I myself use soma 350 x 4, along with other meds. But I still need the tens unit to help with the spasms.
  • I asked my NS if there was other meds I could be taking and his answer was try to rest more as I told him I returned to work this week and my pain has been exacerbated. I agree that I could be immune or in fact not very responsive to Soma as before when I had bad spasms before surgery it never helped. I'll ask him tomorrow if there are any other muscle relaxant options we can consider.

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