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New here - Cervical Corpectomy and fusion on Monday!

I am really scared. The big day is almost here and I am getting more and more nervous every day!

Originally they wanted to remove bone from my hip, but they have decided to do a corpectomy and use the material from the removed vertebrae for the fusion. (C5-6, C6-7). Have any of you had a corpectomy and fusion?

I also wanted to ask - I read on a blog about the doctors waking her up during surgery to do some test (that she said was horrible). Do any of you know what that is about?

I am petrified of being paralyzed during surgery, and could use any words of encouragement!


  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
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    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. I have myself have had multiple cervical spine surgeries and have never been woke up. Now if they woke me, I was still in the twilight state and have no memory of this.Most surgeons use a monitoring system during surgery that tells them what is going on with your nerves. You should not be worried about being woke up during surgery at all. While it is understandable to be nervous about the surgery I think you will find the worst part of the surgery is your nerves going into it. You can let the know you are very nervous when you arrive and they can give you something to help relax you.

    You should concentrate now on being prepared post surgery for your return home. Check out the surgery thread at the top of this section and you will find many things to help you post surgery. The thread is written for both neck and back surgery so not all the items on the list will you need. The good news is most cervical spine patients wake up and the pain is gone, the only pain your dealing with is your surgery pain. Be sure they prescribe you a good muscle relaxer post surgery as your muscle can be quit tense. Lots have found they don't need the opiods post surgery very long, as the surgery pain typically goes away rather quickly. Keep in mind you can post any question here and we will be glad to help, but also once you return home if you feel something isn't right don't hesitate to contact your surgeon, that is part of the care. Good luck and keep us posted on how you get along.
  • You have just eased quite a few of my fears - thank you! I am still poking around on this site and have found it incredibly helpful. I am busily prepping for post-opp, and now I'm just ready to get it over with already.

    I will definitely check in after my surgery!
  • I am also having my first spine surgery Monday, ACDF C4-5 C5-6. The closer it gets the more terrified I am feeling, but do feel the anticipation is going to be the worst part like anything else. It is a biggie, I have severe cord compression and the only way to successfully fix this is surgery. I know it has to be done, have gotten more than one opinion, and am having surgery at a top Hospital in our State. So have to trust the surgeon and that you are doing the right thing. Ask yourself what will happen if you don't get surgery, that is what I did. Am with you though, just want to get it over with to let the healing begin and see how things end up. Keep us updated, I am interested to see your progress after surgery too.
    ACDF C4/5, C5-6
    June 17, 2013
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