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Post posterior T1-T3 arthrodesis with instrumentation

Today I am one week and one day post op. My surgeon performed a C5-T1 ACDF. This was a do-over since the first one did not properly fuse a I had a loose screw (okay bring on the jokes).
I had bilateral facet fractures that did not respond to ablations between T1-T2 so the next day I was in the OR for a T1-T3 posterior arthrodesis.
I am in mega pain that the 30MG of Oxy, muscle relaxers, and 5mg of Oxycodone cannot seem to make it all go away.
Is this normal after this type of super-surgery?
Also my voice is raspy but I am attributing this to the tubes during surgery and inflamed vocal cords.
Am I crazy (surgeon says he sees this pain symdrome post op frequently)? What have other experienced and what tools have helped?

Hurtin for Certain


  • I didn't have any thoracic surgery but I did have a 4 level ACDF. A week out I was in pain. For me, nothing makes the pain go away, but it can take the edge off. I hope others can help you regarding the same surgery. About your voice - it's very normal to have a raspy voice, to have difficulty swallowing food/pills, etc. Be patient - it's all a slow healing process - up to a year to see all improvement.

    I hope this helps a little.

    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
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