Hi.............I thought I would finally share my story with you, In March 2009 age 47 I had a C4/5/6 Fusion after it was discover during a MRI I had prolapsed disc in my neck causing weakness, pins and needles and locking fingers in my hands, as my surgeon said this would continue to get worse and I could end up in a wheelchair. immediately upon recover from the surgery I was aware something had gone wrong as I was paralysed in my arms, I told my surgeon, who tried to assure me the procedure had gone well, I was transferred to a recovery ward with no action taken, after a few hours some slight movement came back to my hands. I had rigerous physio for months but have never been able to abduct my arms or bend my elbows since and have minimal function in my right hand and profound weakness I have been living with this life changing disability ever since with no explanation or answers from the medical professionals and certainly no apology.
I am now registered disabled and unable to drive or dress myself, fortunatley I have a desk job and have continued to work with the help of a tailored work station and a good boss. I obviously wished I had never had the surgery and have since been told after seeing numerous specialists in neurology and undergoing MRI's and nerve conducts that I have a spinal cord injury at C5/6 that occured during the procedure with no chance at present of any recovery. I believe these operations are carried out all the time with very few complications but this was not in my case!!