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Pseudoarthrosis - My CT images of mine (failed fusion)

Aviatrix36440Aviatrix36440 Posts: 5,904
Here are my photobucket links to some of my CT images of my pseudoarthrosis. I went in deep enough so that the hardware isn't in the way. Not sure if mine is "standard" or not for failed fusions, but here ya go!!

http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy118/Aviatrix36440/Pseudo pics/Pseudo3.jpg
http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy118/Aviatrix36440/Pseudo pics/Pseudo2.jpg
http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy118/Aviatrix36440/Pseudo pics/Pseudo1.jpg

Pretty huh? :)

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

    The good thing is on the other levels you have great disc height. Why in the world they want to fuse all those levels is beyond me. I would be blessed not to have the vertebra stacking on each other. The gold standard to fix the psuedo at the one level is posterior fusion, but why they are messing with healthy disc just makes no sense to me at all?
  • Tam,

    These are the front view. From the side you can see the instability, plus too you don't see it as much in a 'neutral' position. As soon as I put my head back or forward, the instability is "right there" as they say.

    C4 overlaps past the plate on C5/6, the failure at C6/7 is allowing C7/T1 compress so he can't just revise to 3 levels (which I was hoping for originally). I just get nervous as C2/3 isn't great, and C3/4 (so far) looks good...lots of load for those puppies!!

    Oops,[disks] no they (he) is leaving the front alone, so no messing with those disks - they are insurance.... Stabilizing and stopping neurological progression is the goal presently. :)

    [my edit/add] My OS stated had I "only" had neck pain, he would lock down just the failed area, but unfortunately I have a lot of issues in my arms (and he feels much of my legs is from the neck), the instability is something that can't be ignored. Hence = 5... Sorry, forgot to add that.

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Though neutral, here is a side view. You will see the C4 overlapping the plate below, and the 'wing' almost touching the plate, and the loss of disk height (rear) for C7/T1...

    http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy118/Aviatrix36440/Pseudolateralunstab.jpg

    http://i783.photobucket.com/albums/yy118/Aviatrix36440/Pseudolateralunstab2.jpg

    The regular x-rays were done flex/ext/lat - so you see it more readily, but this should make my mess a little clearer?

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Not good, my heart goes out to you wish you good tidings on your journey ahead this I share with all who suffer but especially a bad back.

    I've yet to have surgery and think I'll keep it that way, I hate ops I woken several times whilst under, not nice!

    Tis raining bucket outside today which has raised my pain levels but the rain is totally delightful I hope it continues...
    Adrienne
    xxx
  • Adrienne,

    Thanks very much for your supportive and hopeful words. :)

    I'm a 'grumpy' wake up type out of surgery! (G) Not sure what's up with that, but I wake grumpy until I figure out where the heck I am at, then I'm good!

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Very interesting views Brenda no one can deny it, you poor thing. Just looking at it makes me ache.

    I was just looking at the CT/Melogram they did on me last fall and my new cervical mri today and mine looks very normal (I am fused in my cervical btw).

    The width of the vertebral bodies is amazing to me, They look like they are compounding or colapsing out/down. Very educational. '

    Julie
  • I see my OS in a few hours to go over the updated scans and finalize plan A if you will. Of course things can change once in the OR, but "best good plans of Mice and Men" need to be out there. (G)

    I can tell when there is a lot of movement. I get a lot of variable body nerve irritation, and whoooo boy, the flipping headaches are back again. Argh! I sure hope those reduce when this is all done!

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