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4 level cervical disc fusion

KimSKKimS Posts: 5
edited 10/12/2014 - 4:12 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I will be having a 4 level (C3/4, C4/5, C5/6 and C6/7) disc replacement. I have been in pain for a long time from spinal cord compression. The surgeon said he will go in anterior, vertically (big scar down my neck) and if need be flip me over. He will use cadaver bones and cages. The surgery will take 4 hours and I'll be hospitalized about 2 days. I'll be in a cervical collar for 3 months and then start rehab.

My worries are he only sees about 1 4 level a year (I got 3 opinions and they all said the same thing). Another is how much range of motion will I get back? Recovery time? Experience from others? I have never had a major surgery before except 2 C-sections.

Moderator Comments
This type of surgery is a cervical fusion. We changed your title to the surgery type so as not to confuse anyone when they are giving you advice.
Kim S
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