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donnagddonnag Posts: 1
edited 05/27/2013 - 2:34 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
A little history, back in 1996 I had a two level fusion, C 5-6 and 6-7, fused with cadaver bone, recovered completely, no complications, and symptoms all resolved. A little over a year ago I began having symptoms again, did a couple rounds of therapy, which didn't help. So on April 10 had a ACDF, on C3-4 and 4-5. This surgery was trickier and longer than the previous one, and the fusion was done with a fibrocarbon cage and titanium plates. Recovery from this one has been rougher, probably because I am a lot older and it was more difficult. Was warned by my surgeon that I would have a terrible sore throat, but since I had no problem at all the first time around, thought this surgery would be the same. Wrong. I am doing better every day, but still have issues with my voice, I seem to only have one level of speaking, and some trouble swallowing certain things. I think the worst part is my energy level is a fraction of what it was before the surgery, hopefully that will continue to improve as time goes on. Anyway, just wanted to introduce myself and my experience.

Donna
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