I just got an email from my new surgeon, and if I can become 6 weeks smoke free, and none after, surgery will be moved up to the end of September, or early October!! How cool is that!!! Whoohooo!!
As many of you know, I've been having more and more problems since my last ACDF (C6/7) two years ago, most notably around 4 or 5 months post op.
My NS said my fusion was fine, and that I didn't have a crack (contrary to the radiologist), my Neurologist that I've had for years said my neck was stable. I wasn't convinced. When my updated EMG's and MRI's came back, I was basically blown off by both.
My body was still saying "nope, something is wrong"... I went to 2 other Neurosurgeons who said a revision plus the addition of C7/8, anchor to T2 was in order. I then on the suggestion of a few of my most trusted friends on here (long time spiney's themselves), got with a top notch Orthopedic Spine surgeon. Had the consult this morning.
*HE* confirmed (very easy to see too!) such movement internal to my fusion, it has now affected C4/5, C7/8! The new game plan which I am going with is fusion/revision C4-T2. He will go posterior (leaving the other hardware in), fuse the facets and then rods and screws to lock it all down. Then hard collar for 3 months!
After looking over the MRI for the cervical, and then the new x-rays today, the look on his face, and the "aaah geeesss" that he uttered - he saw what I knew for over a year and a half! We discussed the neurological benefits of this surgery, and I agree, I will NOT get back what I have lost, this surgery will to be for stabilizing my cervical spine, and to STOP further damage.
The lumbar issues in comparison aren't as critical, so once again it is off the table until this mess is repaired (note I didn't say fixed - this stuff doesn't fix us) and healed, back surgery "ain't happening" which is fine with me given what I learned today.
Well, that pretty well updates it on me. In 3 months I go back to see if I am behaving (ciggies wise), and schedule the surgery. Oddly, I feel very relaxed? Yeah, yeah, I'm weird. Thanks for listening.
PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.