I am in need of advice. I had my neck fusion surgery on 11/29/10. The levels that were fused were: C5-C6 and C6-C7. My post op recovery went okay. Aside from bad pain the day after surgery, I am doing okay. It is a year after my surgery, and I, what was supposed to be my last surgeon appointment, didn't go as planned. My surgeon informed me that one of the screws in my neck had broken off. Prior to this visit and many x-ray's, the screw in question was in place.
I haven't done anything out of the ordinary to have the screw come loose. He said that I need to get a CT Scan of my neck to find out where the screw broke off and where the piece is. I don't see where the screw broke off. It looks like it bent a little from the possible fusion of bone. Upon the bone growing, it looks like it pushed the screw out a bit..if that is possible.
I am experiencing a little neck discomfort. But nothing too serious. My surgeon also informed me that the fusion is taking, but just wants to be 100% sure the fusion took. He said if the CT Scan comes back with the screw piece location, he must take the piece out. In the long term, if the screw head is in my esophagus it can eventually erode and cause an infection or damage. He can't really pinpoint what the problem is and shy the screw came out that far. He asked me if I am doing anything out of the ordinary and I told him no. I am in no way blaming the surgeon for this, but I think it is the hardware. Of course we all sign a waiver about a possibility of faulty hardware and things of that nature. I am fully aware of this.
If the fusion didn't take place, he said that he needs to do the same surgery again. I am not too keen on doing this again. I am hopeful it is just the screw piece that needs to be taken out.
Can anyone who has had this let me know or at the very least give me advice.
I have to be honest, I am not keen on having the surgery again. I am going to get the CT Scan next thursday with an x-ray for my rom (range of motion). I would appreciate any advice or if anyone had any similar experiences, to help me out.