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Just found out and afraid

LexusLLexus Posts: 14
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:56 AM in Recovering from Surgery
What would you do? I had surgery June 29 this year and I have posted serveral times for advise but this is really making me freak out. Had xray done on Tuesday and went to my doctor today for 3 month checkup. Ask for a copy of my xray went to hospital and picked it up. Was looking at it, everything looked fine, Then read the report. I had a disc removed, a spacer and a plate put in between C6-C7. But as I'm reading the report it says between C7-T1. I thought maybe whomever wrote the report was wrong but you can see clearly that it's C7-T1. I still have numbness and some pain in the left arm and hand which I know is common after surgery but now I'm wonder what the heck. Also noticed several weeks ago some pain on the right side. I guess I need to call my doctor see what they tell me. And I thought all this drama was over.



  • As your counting vertebra you might mess up on the first two, they are a lot smaller and sometimes hard to see on plain images. I have plenty of reports that call the wrong name, but then one will have the right level on it. I used to be a stickler for it, but now I am not. But I would call the surgeon and ask them directly which level was done. You might even want to get a copy of your admission records and pre-op and post-op reports. We did have a member whom had the wrong disc removed.
  • I have my MRI CD and Report. Then all of the paperwork from surgery. Now I have the Xray CD with report. Everything has C6-C7 except the xrays report which say C7-T1 and right before surgery they ask me what disc I was having surgery on and I said C6-C7. I keep thinking about C2-C3 which are fused vertabraes from birth. I have counted down from these areas and it comes out to be C7-T1. I'm going to try not to stress out too much until I have talked to my doctor. I will let you know what I find out. Thanks for responding.

  • Lexus,

    My last x-rays taken at a hospital, the radiologist put in there that my "C3/4 showed post surgical changes".... Kind of funny since my fusions (see avatar) are, umm, errrr obviously way lower! (G) Seriously, they goof a lot - another reason to have a surgeon who "looks at the films or CD's"..

    You'll see after a while if you continue down spiney road and have more MRI's/x-rays etc., how many booboos start to show, or issues that aren't in the report! Like Tamtam, I am pretty much a stickler about those reports. I've had a few amended - this way if there is an issue later, I have accurate reports, *and* I keep copies of the images, reports, exam/surgery notes etc.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.

  • It is very understandable that seeing a different level mentioned as being the level where surgery was done has freaked you out.

    Mistakes do happen, but they are very rare. My surgeon started to cut a window into my laminar before realising that he was at the wrong level. He rechecked with x-ray and then moved down to the correct level and proceeded.

    You ask what we would do - I think all of us would contact our surgeon and ask him about it.

    I do hope that you will get some reassurance soon.

  • I called my surgeon this morning and waiting to hear from them. I will let you all know when I find out anything.

    Say a little prayer for me

  • I received a call from the nurse at my doctors office and she explained it a little better but I was still unsure of what I was seeing and the report made me feel uncomfortable. I came home this evening and had a friend who is a nurse come over to take a look at my xrays. She pulled up an xray picture of a c6-c7 after surgery and we put my xray side by side with it. Looked almost the same but at C2 my vertabrae looks a little different but everything else matched up. I feel so much better. And like Tamtam said you shouldn't always go by what level they call it. I think what is confusing on mine is the deformity on the c2. I think on Monday I'm going to call the hospital where I had the xray done and ask them to have someone else read my xrays. Thanks all for your input.
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