Hi Anyone. I have never posted on a forum like this, but I read them often to gain information. I have found them very helpful however, I still have questions.
I am set to have my surgery on April 26th (though I am considering moving it up, if possible because I dont want to spend the summer recovering) I am terrified!
I was involved in an accident at the beginning of the year which left me in a neck brace for about 50 days. I fractured my C6 & C7 and facets in between. Since being out of the brace I have experienced pain in my arm and fingers, as well as continued neck pain.
My doctor suggested this procedure. I am just nervous that this surgery will leave me feeling worse. Its been such a short time since my accident and my pain could potentially go away..or at least get better.
I kinda have to rush because this procedure is being covered by another insurance company. I am set to have removal of the disk between 6&7, he will then insert a plastic disk and cover it with a plate. UGH!!
I guess my questions are...
How risky is the procedure?
How horrible is the recovery?
Can you still move your neck in all directions..even with the plate?
Has anyone had this procedure for a long time, I mean has anyone found or read success stories that have been long term?
What if the surgeon hits the spinal cord!!!
I'm only 28 and to have a plate in my neck for the rest of my life is really hard to fathom. However; if I don't get the surgery now...I may not be able to afford it in the future. I am just so scared!!!
Please comfort me!! lolLink removed, solicitation not permittedPost Edited by The Spine-Health Moderator Team