Hi all. I had an ACDF c5-6/c6-7 on 2/18/13. Original surgeon says everything is great, despite continuing pain. He was continually prescribing narcotics to help with pain and offered to go in through the back if I am still "hurting so badly".
I had family members with me at each follow up appt, they all heard him say everything looks great.
I finally got fed up, and went for another opinion, and that doctor sent me for a CT scan. Turns out I am not fusing at all, have developed another bone spur at the surgery site, and have 2 bulges on the levels that were supposedly fixed.
Asked what my alternatives are with the second doctor, and was told I can leave it, but the area will only become more arthritic, which will result in more pressure on the spinal cord and more pain. Other option is revision surgery, posterior.
He wants to go in and explore, and put rods and screws in through the back, going to T1 if it is deemed necessary at the time. I will be given a bone growth stimulator from the get go this time since last time I failed to fuse.
Let's just say I'm beyond terrified. So sick of pain already, and my life has been on hold since before the first surgery.
Anybody out there with a posterior revision surgery that was successful??
I know I am looking at a longer recovery time, plus more pain than the ACDF. Just very frustrated, and looking for hope, info, and encouragement.