I saw my surgeon this week for neck and arm pain that has come back since my C5-C7 fusion in May last year. I did great after surgery and felt like I had gotten a new neck. In a sence I had. Then 9 months post surgery neck and arm pain came back, arm pain with a vengeance. Upping my meds, epidurals + facet injections has not helped at all. Had an MRI to make sure its not hardware failure or any bone spurs they missed during surgery.
So I sat down with the doc this week to get the reults and he tells me that the fusion is still solid and nice, but that my C4 is blown
. I have a lot of bone spurs and scar tissue around it.
He don't want to fuse a third level and said they want to put in an artificial disc instead.
Im not loving the idea of another surgery within less than a year, not loving it at all, and Im scared how fast my spondy and stenosis has been deteriorating both before and after my fusion.
Does anyone have an artificial disc as well as being fused and can witness to how that is?
Has anyone done a cervical disc replacement?
For you guys with art. discs put in, how was recovery? Surgeon says recovery is quicker and better on that then fusion. True? I didnt think the surgery and post op pain was too bad with the fusion, it was harder to be home waiting to get well enough to go back to work, and then I didnt really make a full recovery until this happened so.
Im a little worried that the art. disc wont last so long if its put in adjacent to the fusions?
Im going for a second and possibly third opinion and trying to learn as much as possible about cervical artificial discs and putting them in an already fused neck. I really dont want to face this surgery, but as of now I suffer pretty bad and struggle with being able to work.
I really appreciate everyones opinion on this, I don't know how to face this new situation...
Cause: car accident & genetics
Effect: herniations C4-7, stenosis, osteoarthritis, myelopathy, neuropathy
Non-invasive Treatment: everything under the sun
Invasive Treatment: 2 level ACDF, C5 & C6, May 2012
Moving Forward: SCS