I'm 7 days postop from my 7th spine surgery. This one was to remove posterior hardware from C4 thru C6. My surgeon told me it would be a piece of cake from having it put in. So far, he's a liar. I had so much pain after recovery that I was very vocal and crying (and I've never done that). I'm a silent sufferer. The surgery nurse said the surgeon had a really tough time getting one side of the screws out. I woke up with a central IV line in my neck and another bruised knot above that where I guess they tried and didn't succeed. I went into surgery with the regular arm IV going. The nurse said the central line was precautionary in case they needed to pull air out of my blood since I was laying on my stomach during the surgery??? I don't understand that one.
My pain on my left side has been like a million fireants from the incision out to my shoulder. The muscle on top of that side is also clinching up. My right side is just great. It's weird that it's all on one side. The surgery nurse said he had a hard time on the right side so it must be referred pain. It's just a hair better now that I'm home but anything (like raising my left arm to wash my hair) starts it biting me again. My posterior surgery was to hold two failed fusions anteriorly done where my grafts were sinking into my vertebras and closing up the nerve holes again.
Before this surgery, I was having deep knife-like pain between my shoulder blades that also hurt to breathe sometimes, other times, it was just a aching deal. The more activity that I did, the worse the pain got. I've had one thoracic xray and it looked pretty bad, but my surgeon was just focused on my neck and wouldn't really say much except that I had arthritis there. I did have some pinching at the hardware site too.
My questions are: if you've had posterior neck hardware removed, what was your recovery like? Did you have burning pain?
I just expected this relief of pain quickly and that hasn't happened. I know it's still early.
Thanks in advance, Melissa