I just had PLIF of L5/S1 this past March 18th for unstable spondy and spine deformity. I am 3 months post-op and doing very well which I am so thankful for. My problem is that it seems that correcting my lumbar spine issue has made my cervical issues increase and get worse.
I have suffered from severe headaches stemming from my neck for many many years. Since my PLIF, they have gotten a lot worse and my neck hurts a lot more now also.
I went to the chiropractor and he did x-rays. He said my c2 was misaligned in the c1 area which is causing my headaches. He also noticed my c6 vertebrae was slipping which was causing my neck pain and he suspects is also causing my bilateral hand grip weakness and numbness issues.
My questions: If this comes to surgery and I need to get both areas repaired, do you think they would do both areas individually. Or do you think I would be fused from top to bottom and everything in between. How long has everyones actual surgery taken? How long were you in the hospital afterwards? I'm just trying to get a handle on this whole neck issue.
Thanks to everyone for the help! It is much appreciated.