Hello, first-timer and hoping I can get some patient perspective: my 74 yo dad is about to have a posterior mass lateral fusion from C4 to T1 (tomorrow, Friday) followed by an anterior cervical corpectomy of C6 and C7 with a PEEK interbody graft (Monday). Because of the concerns I had about BMP, the resident neurosurgeon assured me BMP would only be applied in the back and not the front, and they would have steroid injections ready for any potential swelling.
While I am not afraid of the procedure as all of dad's docs agree that surgery is necessary to save any remaining mobility, I am extremely concerned about the recovery because dad has had dystonia in his neck for the past 18 years. It has been controlled most of the time by meds, but there have been moments when it was pretty bad, and I worry what this might do to all the constructs once surgery is completed. This remains an unknown at this point.
Dad's neurosurgeon is comes highly recommended and I have read several success stories from past patients. If you have had any experience with this procedure AND have had dystonia, I would greatly appreciate your personal perspective about how well you recovered and how you are these days.
In the mean time, I will be staring at the ceiling and worrying for my dad...