I am hoping to get some feedback on what the recovery is like from anyone who had a posterior cervical fusion. I have had 2 Anterior cervical fusions. First was c5-c6 back in 2002. The results held great for about Six years and then i started having issues with the adjacent point below the fusion which I was advised could be a risk. I then had my Second Anterior cervical fusion at c6-c7. The second surgeon took out the old titanium plate and put a larger one to cover the area. My recovery was very smooth and quick but I did not have very good post op instruction - went back to daily activity quickly due to listening to my surgeon which I should not have listened. I was skeptical. The second fusion was completed almost two years ago this coming January, resulted in a non-union of the fusion which means it did not work. The bone never healed. I am now scheduled for a third however, it is going to be a posterior approach - through the upper back side of the neck.
Can anyone please offer some guidance on what the recovery was like from a posterior cervical fusion procedure? Is muscle function gone in the neck or in the upper shoulder area? How long is PT? I was told by my surgeon that he was going to keep me in the collar for two months due to my non-union from the last one.
Thank you in advance for any input!