:H Had surgery to the above on 19th December 2011 but unfortunately something went wrong and I had to have another operation on 23rd December 2011. Apparently some of the plates affixed to facet joints became loose and caused paralysis to my right arm/hand. Still have numbness today 3rd January 2012. Pain is very severe and they had to put me on heavy steroids and insulin to try to cut down inflammation. Now home but have to wear cervical collar for several months and no driving of car for 3 months!
Previous ops: PLIF plus rebuild Dec 2008. Rt knee replacement then revision 1998/2000. Lt knee replacement 2006. ACDF C2/3/4 in September 2010.