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Update on my PCF Surgery

Hello fellow friends,

I had a 3 level PCF and I went for my 6 week follow up with my Surgeon and he was very happy at the progress of my fusion. I have a long way to go, but I must say I do NOT regret having this Posterior 3 level fusion with 8 screws and 2 rods. I also will be starting physical therapy on Monday of next week. I must say it takes a lot of patience, and the will to keep going. I have found that walking is one of the Best things to do. I wish everyone a Great Fall Week :)
ACDF C4-C7 5/13/2010. Synthetic Bone Graft Failed Fusion.
PCF C4-C7 8/13/13. Rods and Screws Fused in 3 Months with Autograft.
C6-C7 Spineous process Surgically Shaved Off 3/11/14.


  • Howdy Susabell,

    On my 6 week follow-up, my surgeon (verbally) was more interested in the alignment of the hardware, by my 3 month check fusion progress was visible. Just had my 2 year (a month early due to a hospital stay)! All 5 levels to include the level that my prior fusion failed - fused! Yes!!

    My surgical avitar is a "scew odd-ball." They couldn't place screws at my C7 due to bone loss from the failed level - he used a cross bar for reinforcement, and then when the rods were going in and being tightened, the (right side) C5 bone holding the screw there fractured (yep more bone loss there!), so short a screw there! So instead of 12 screws, mine has 9. :)

    "Looks like you're fully fused." Those are wonderful words to hear. Hopefully once you're healed, you too will hear these words or similar. Just listen to your body, and don't overdue it woman!! I'll keep you in my thoughts. *HUG*

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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