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Husband having surgery

I'm new here but thankful to have found you all. My husband is having neck surgery on Tuesday Feb. 12..I am worried of course but he has been in pain so long and has spinal fluid leaking. Also numb arm and shoulder. They sre going to have to do fusion on all the disc.and get rid of spurs also. They are putting metal plates and screws in this time. He had c6-c7 fused about 12 years ago. Just wondering what to expect. Been married to this man 27 years he's my rock. I want to make sure I know every thing possible to help him and make him comfortable. He's my life. Luv him so much. If any one can help me you can email me also debraw706@gmail.com


  • Is your husband having an ACDF(anterior - from the front) or posterior (from the back) fusion and can you confirm what discs are going to be done - you said "all" so is it from C1-C7?

    It is great that you are so supportive of your husband. There are those on this site who are not that lucky.

    You can search through the "Neck" and the "Surgery" forums for info about the surgeries, recovery and what to do before and after the surgery. Since the surgery is tomorrow you don't have very much time so do go to the Back and Neck Surgery Forum - near the top of the list is a "sticky" topic on Post Operation must haves by Saltzworks that has tons of info.
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • he should be fine ,and with you looking after him post op he should have nothing to worry about .i had a lumbar fusion 13 months ago but that's a different story .lumbar fusions are notoriously troublesome .in fact i am going for a CT scan right now ! {12/02/13] as i am still in a lot of pain i have had 3 operations on my spine so its a little knackered !good luck
    1997 laminectomy
    2007 repeat laminectomy and discectomy L4/L5
    2011 ALIF {L4/L5/S1}
    2012 ? bowel problems .still under investigation
    2014 bladder operation may 19th 2014
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