In March 2009, I had a two level ADR (C5/6 and C6/7) using Pro-Disc C. I went for two other opinions, both from Neurosurgeons, who agreed that I should have the Artificial Discs removed and have a three level fusion from C4-C7. That surgery was done in May of 2011. I seemed to be doing okay and in November I had a CT scan which showed I was still not fused. My doctor said due to the extensive surgery (him having to remove the artificial discs), the fusion could take up to 8 months. (He also used bone from my hip for this surgery)
In April I began getting excruciating pain and when I called his office was told he is on an 'unexplained' medical leave and they are not sure he will be returning. I went to my GP who ordered a CT scan last month which showed there wasn't much change from the November CT scan. So, after 15 months, I'm still not fused. The pain is continually getting worse and I can't take it anymore. I did go to see the Physician's Assistant and both he and the other Neurosurgeon from the practice basically said to give it time and and said that most of these surgeries don't work. (The doctor who did my surgery assured me it would.) I'm very discouraged and saddened to think that I'm going to have to live a life of pain. Does anyone have any suggestions or input? Has or is anyone experiencing the same problem?