Hi my name is Hopeful, I had a three level ACDF C4-C7 with cadaver bone a plate and 8 titanium screws 5/24/2012. I wore a neck brace 24/7 for 9 weeks, in Sept 2012 I hit my head on my dinning room table,I told my neurosurgeon and he discounted it stating that titanium was very strong and could not break.In June 2013 I found out that I had a broken titanium screw C7 area and was told not to worry as I had already fused.My neck pain has continued to get worse over time and I have recently moved from L.A.,Calif. where surgery was done, to AZ. I found a new doctor who sent me for a spect scan and discovered that I have 2 broken screws C7 and a failed or non-fusion C4-C7 and a paralyzed right vocal cord, I am scheduled for a posterior fusion 7/11/2014. My new surgeon says that it is a tough surgery with a long hard recovery, and that I will be in a hard collar for a minimum 8 weeks. I must admit that although I trust my new surgeon, I am frightened and concerned,what if I don't fuse this time? I am shocked that it failed so soon, I have had a lot of tests that show my bone to be very strong and I eat well and I'm very healthy. Has anyone had this happen? does anyone have any suggestions??
I am hopeful yet scared!!!