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Has anyone had cages and how long does it typically take to heal?


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    edited 04/30/2013 - 9:09 AM
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  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    Inconjunction with 2 corpectomies (removal of the vertabrae-Not the disc) I have a cage full of my hip bone. You can easily see it in my picture. As for healing time ..... Officially it was 3 months .... in reality .... I will be healing from this for the rest of my life.

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  • I had a 2 level ACDF nearly 6 months ago.
    I had 2 titanium cages, no bone graft, no plate, no screws, no collar.

    I was cleared to go back to work at 3 months and told that I could get back to normal activities then, although any more adventuous activities I should wait until 6 months out.

    Have you only had cages too, or do you have hardware inserted as well?
    Surgeons differ in the restrictions they recommend and the time before returning to work. Some will tell their patients to wear a collar and others don't.

    It looks like you are wearing a collar.
    When was your surgery and how are you progressing in your recovery?
    This is a great place to hang out while you are recovering. There are bound to be days when you wonder 'is this normal?'
    Having others who have gone through it to talk to is a great support.
    Looking forward to getting to know you better. :-)

  • In 2009, I had a Prestige disc replacement and I was in more pain than ever. 4 years later almost to the day I had surgery again on April 9th. First time a neurosurgeon did surgery this time I went to an orthopedist. I have to admit I like ortho docs better. I had a fracture at C5 and loose screws the doc discovered once he got me into surgery and i also had cord compression. I now have cages at C4/C5 and C5/C6 with allograft and 3 screws. Yes, I have to wear a hard collar for 6 weeks. I'm still waiting for a bone growth stimulator. I do not plan on going back to work. I was a CT/ MRI technologist, but lifting 50lbs pounds is a job requirement and I don't seeing me being able to that. I'm only 47 and I'm pretty depressed about the whole thing obviously. Oh I forgot to mention I just got diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis so I will always have neck issues. Sorry I'm having a real bad pity party for myself right now.

  • Never apologise for expressing how you feel here. We have all been there and totally understand. This is a place where you don't have to put a brave face on things.

    You have been through a lot having a disc replacement that didn't do the job and so needing another surgery. Second and subsequent surgeries generally take longer to heal. At least you are now underway in your recovery from this revision surgery although you are in the very early days.

    I have just given up my job of almost 12 years working as a Teaching Assistant in a school. I have been very upset about it because I loved my job. It was the stress from the new head who was making my life a nightmare. I think she wanted to drive me out because of my spinal problems (I have had lumbar and cervical fusions). Before her arrival at the school I was being well supported and coping well and able to do my job with some adjustments to help me. This Head has caused about 10 staff to leave since she arrived about 18 months ago. I have had union support at meetings and had believed that we had sorted things out. Then on my first day back after my ACDF she called me to a disciplinary meeting about my absence during my recovery. The union guy was there again to support me and he expressed his surprise about the meeting as it was pre-arranged for my spinal surgery. She said that if I had any more time off I could face the next stage. I knew that at the third meeting I would be dismissed! I was asked if I wanted to claim for constructive dismissal but just don't feel strong enough to cope with that. I feel very mistreated and fed up!

    Sorry to hear about the rheumatoid arthritis and that you will always have neck problems. I really hope that this latest surgery will get you to a place where you will be much improved and can get on enjoying your life. :-)

    Take care
  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364
    As a Cat/Mri Tech you can appreciate the following ...... It was all career ending - 30+ years HIT/management/consulting


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