My operation on 20/12/2011 was Posterior lateral mass fixation C5-C7 and fusion ( Mountaineer ). Procedure was as follows: Prone on Mayfield, exposure from C5 to C7 via a longitudinal incision. C5 screws inserted with Image Intensifier guidance. C6 and C7 screws inserted blind. Facet joints burred with Midas, Actifuse graft inserted, contoured rods inserted and tightened. Check images via Image Intensifier obtained. Decortication, Bone dust and Actifuse used. When I came round in Intensive Care I found my right arm to be almost completely paralysed. A CT Scan was immediately called for and the Spinal Surgeon was recalled to view the scan. He ascertained that screws had loosened along with metalwork. It was decided that 3 days later I would be taken back into Theatre and have new drill holes burred after removal of all screws which had very low impedance. Size 3.5 by 14 screws inserted and impedance was significantly higher also a new rod was inserted.
I remained in hospital for 12 days and was mobilised home wearing a soft collar.
I am now 19/12/2012 having problems with bone/metal trying to break through the skin towards top of cervical spine. Also I am in quite a lot of pain so Senior Registrar has sent me for a full spine MRI Scan on 29/12.2012 then I have to see him on 17/1/2013.
Has anyone else had this or similar problems after Cervical Posterior Surgery. I also had ACDF C3/4/5 in September 2010 and a PLIF L4/5/S1 in December 2008. In addition I have had 2 Knee replacements plus 1 revision.