I had my first fusion in 2008. It was having numbness and tingling in my left arm. I went in surgery with the understanding that I would be fused from C-4 to C-6, but woke up with only C-4 to C-5. My surgeon stated that it would be 10 years before I would need C-6 done. My symptoms didn't go away, so less than a year later I had C-5 to C-6 fused with a cage. After recovering with some relief, and being released to work. I went back to my regular lifestyle ignoring the numbness until it my symptoms progressed to severe tremors in my left arm. I also started to have muscle spasms at night that would severe enough to levatate off the bed. Until I was put on Requip for the spasms. I was afraid of hurting my wife in my sleep.
I went to my surgeon who stated that I had crushed my Blackstone Alloquent Allograph implant. I had a third surgery to decompress, and replace the crushed implant with a cage. I was not aware the the plates were removed from the C-4 to C-5 during my second surgery. IS THIS NORMAL? I live on a island with limited medical resources, and no longer willing to consult the same surgeon. I am now permanently disabled, and live with severe chronic pain. I still question why he only plated the C-5 to C-6, and left the C-4 to C-5 fusion unsupported, and how I crushed the Blackstone Alloquent Allograph implant so easy. the surgeon places all the blame on me, and I am looking toward the US mainland for possible treatments. I have research different treatment centers, but don't have the resources to send MRI, surgical reports,ect to all. Any way to narrow down the search would be helpful.