I had C 4-7 fusion almost exactly two years ago. This last month I have been experiencing the same pain I had before surgery. An x ray taken showed a broken screw at C7. Had a MRI on Dec. 31 and have a scheduled appointment this Thursday with my neurosurgeon. In the meantime I couldn't wait for my surgeon to get back from vacation, so I had the hospital send me the results.
The report says nothing of the broken screw!!! It says C 4-7 ACDF for fusion, and on C3-4 it reads " disc space narrowing and a mild circumferential bulge. Mild degenerative disc changes including a disc bulge at C3-4. There is right-sided uncovertebral joint hypertrophic spurring that in conjunction with advanced facet arthropathy leads to moderate bony neuroforaminal narrowing. Central canal remains patent." C7-T1 reads "facet arthropathy leads to minor anterior spondylolisthesis C7 on T1. No lateralizing disc protrusion. Central canal is patent."
What is this all about and am I looking at another future surgery? I have to pamper my neck and it hurts quite a bit!
I would appreciate any comments as to how bad you think this is and what it means. Thank you!http://www.spine-health.com/forum/announcements/spine-health-announcements/mri-reports-why-we-cant-advisePost Edited by Liz The Spine-Health Moderator Team