I had a 3-level fusion done in early march, c-4 thru c-7, cadaver bone with a titanium plate. Put off surgery for two years and tried shots, a foraminotomy, etc, symptoms returned. I consulted 3 surgeons and took the one who looked me in the eye and seemed to care about the outcome. At the 1 month post-op consult there was great celebration. I had worn the bone stimulator constantly along with aspen collar and showed positive bone growth. At 2-months, he read the x-ray and entered the room jubilant! Saying, you can take off that collar and start physical therapy! You are fused! When I asked about the stimulator, he said to wear it as needed (?)
At the time, I had just started a new job (with Aspen collar) and did not have reliable transport. Within a month, I was able to start PT. My PT said there were muscles in my neck as hard as bone. Every time I tried to start strength/conditioning, even with the lightest weight, I had severe flare-ups. After 12 sessions, I rescheduled with my neurosurgeon. In the 2 weeks leading up to the appt., I started having moderate to severe symptoms which did not abate. Severe radiating pain, especially in the right arm from the elbow down, tingling, numbness, loss of muscle control. Rivaling the sensations I had before surgery.
At the appt, my neurosurgeon said the top 2 levels still look "good", while he sees " a little movement" at c6/c7. He did not call it a nonfusion, but he also said uncertain of fusion.
He ordered me back in the aspen collar and bone stim, 24/7, for 3 months, to see if we can "salvage the fusion".
I am upset that he said I was fused, now I am trying to fuse again.
Or else, more surgery. For the third time.