Well, I had my 6 wk. post op check today...everything is going great, fusion is happening...all of my previous symptoms before surgery are pretty much gone. I still have of course some right sided neck pain, neck and upper back muscle spasms occasionally but for the most part I'm doing very well...except for my incision. I had an immediate egg size lump under the incision after surgery but my suture line looked well and intact and never any signs of infection. At six weeks I still have about a marble sized lump just below the incision and one end of the incision stll has some scabbing. My neuro said I had an allergic reaction to the internal vicryl sutures and there are two sutures trying to come out through the skin and causing the problem. Some of my neck skin is a little puckered too. He said he wants to look at it again in a month, keep icing it, and if it doesn't look like it will heal on it's own he will refer me to a good reconstructive plastic surgeon to get it straightened out. He will give me a diagnosis that will cover it under my insurance because I am still having such pain around the incision and that part of my neck and throat still hurt so the situation and continued swelling due to fluid is impairing my swallowing but I'm sure I will still have to pay my 20% of the cost of reconstructive surgery. I'm a little upset with this outcome especially since everything has been going so well but....I just tell myself things could be worse. I could not be fusing or still be having the previous symptoms I was having so my surgery was basically a success I think. Thanks for letting me vent...everyone has been so helpful on this site!