Hi - I'm Deb, 48 female just dx'd with instability due to os odontoideum. My NS just described the procedure to me and he wants to do the fusion with Harms method. He is saying 6 weeks & I'll be back to work (desk job) or even possibly 4 wks. He does approx. 10 of these exact surgeries a year he said. He is with Rothman in Phila. so they are a very highly regarded group. I'm getting a 2nd opinion from a guy from Penn also.
I am skeptical about getting this surgery done because I supposedly have had this defect my whole life with hardly any symptoms. I had a motorcycle accident a year ago which he feels 'may' have caused more damage or instability but we can not be sure.
Anyone else post C1-C2 recover that quickly? He said I'll be out of the collar in 3-4 wks. & able to drive at that time. Any info good or bad would be appreciated. I am very scared & stressed about this. Thanks.
2011 C1/C2 Fusion due to os odontoideum & fracture from motorcycle accident
2014 L4/L5 Herniation