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Getting cervical cage - anyone else been caged?

michele lenammichele lena Posts: 21
edited 01/06/2014 - 8:58 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Getting cervical cage on 2 levels. I like that it is not screwing metal in my body, I have enough metal already. These are plastic so the cold weather won't be crippling, like with metal. I have a compressed spinal cord so it had to be done asap. I am a stenosis sufferer since my teens. How long to recover? Doctor said 6 weeks, but I have been around the block on this one and I know it can be longer. Let me know how your cage worked.


  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    I had a cage, along with a strut, plates, rods, and screws installed both from posterior and the anterior sides. I live in a cold climate and never had any issues with the titanium making it feel any different. I had three levels fused, your doctor maybe fairly accurate on the time frame he expects you to recover, everyone is different.
    I am almost 7 years post-op from that fusion and it is still solid. Hope all goes well for you, take care.
  • I had a 2 level acdf 2 years ago, titanium plate & screws because the discs collapsed and were leaning on my spinal cord. I was in the hospital only 23 hours and had to wear a soft neck brace for 1 week. Went thru physical therapy and went back to work after only 3 weeks. I was still in pain and if I had to do it over, I would take the 6 weeks to recover instead of being stubborn! Like ranger said, everyone is different & heals different. I have no issues with weather changes and other from having permanent nerve damage of tingling and numbness in my hands that happen before my surgery, I feel good and don't have the pain I had. Don't worry too much, you'll get thru this just fine :) Good luck
    New MRI's Not good-Cervical-Thoracic-Brain
    DLIF 4 level lumbar fusion L1 to L5 Dec 2013...
    ACDF 2 level cervical fusion C4-5 and C5-6 Dec 2011
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