Hi, i just wanted to share my (my nan's/grandmother's) experience of spinal fusion surgery...not sure if this is the correct place, i was looking for more of a blog on the forum to use as a diary post op...
Since february her use or her arms and legs deteriorated, loss of grip, strength, and balance and mobility.
Every couple of weeks she was visiting the GP and being prescribed mediation (without diagnosis) and despite requests for scans since April she was only sent for an MRI on 17th May following collapsing twice and hurting herself
Following the results these were discussed with the GP with my attendance on the 24th May as i wanted to ensure that action was taken, during these discussions it was apparent that the level compression to the spinal cord was severe, even when stating it was an 'urgent' priority the earliest consultation with a specialist within a 60 mile radius was the 28th June
This was unacceptable so we decided to look to go private, a consultation was had on the 31st May and the specialist at Spire Cambridge and Lea was very clear that this was at a point where action needed to be taken immediately in order to preserve living at home and having a chance of retaining independence (Which would be extremely unlikely by the end of year if we didm't act)
1 week later (today) she has just come out of surgery following a successful fusion of C3,C4
This was obviously a very daunting procedure for a 75 year old lady that has never been in hospital before, but she is clearly relieved even though its only an hour post surgery at the prospect of not being in pain whilst doing day to day activities, and the fact that she can speak and drink without any real discomfort is very good to see.
Tomorrow morning Physio will start to get her up and about and walking and building up confidence and now the hard work will start to recover, with hopefully limited pain in the next few days post surgery
This is a very scary procedure as it involves cutting through the front of the neck, removing a disk and inserting a spacing cage together with a titanium plate with 4 screws in, but once the severity of the situation gets to a certain level i believe this is the only potential chance of rectifying the issue, and fingers crossed this will be the case for my nan