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Another surgery

LisadiinfloridaLLisadiinflorida Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi, Im struggling a lot. I have remaining scoliosis on my neck, amd was told by a Neurologist that since I just had a failed fusion at C 5-6 and another above it, that my best route would be to have another big fusion. I'm very apprehensive. He said he couldn't do it but would talk to some colleges. It would consist of fusing me where my Harrington rod ends up to C3, leaving a bit of room to move my neck. I just don't know, am not informed enough, want to return to work from disability, and not become more restricted in terms of movement.
Thanks for any help anyone can offer!


  • Hi Lisa,

    First let me say welcome to spine-health. Have a look around and you will find others whom have had revision surgery, including myself. As far as if your informed enough or not, I would definitely go and hear what the surgeon has to say, along with getting more opinions. Look in the FAQ section at the top of the page and there is a link to 38 questions to ask a surgeon, and make your list of questions from that. Also key is to research the surgeon. Is the surgery posterior, I am guessing as that is the only way I know to put harrington rods in the cervical spine. If the surgery is posterior you need to understand is not compared to ACDF as it is a different ballgame. Are you currently working? Going back to work from that surgery will depend on how you heal and what type of employment you have. Also would depend on if you have any permanent damage. Do you know what is your current diagnoses? Will they be fusing all those levels?

    Just thought I would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. Look forward to reading more of your post. If there is anything I can do, don't hesitate to pm me take care.
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