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An additional fusion as a result of an existing fusion?

sailblueskyssailbluesky Posts: 7
edited 05/11/2015 - 5:56 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I had C4-5-6-7 fused 10 years ago. Was pain free for 8 years. For past 2 years I have had increased neck, shoulder, upper arm and head pain (all on left side). Pain has increased much over last two years. MRIs, CAT scans, bone scan show C3 herniated disk, facet joint disease and cyst impinging spinal nerve. Orthopedic surgeon is recommending C3-4 fusion posterior. Neurosurgeon is debating steroid injection before last resort... C3-4 fusion anterior. Anyone out there who has had issues with disks above/below existing cervical fusions? Did you have to have an additional fusion? Did you do steroid injections? Results?

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  • 1028761102876 Posts: 248
    edited 05/24/2015 - 7:55 PM
    I had a C1-C2 fusion 2 1/2 years ago along with another fusion (extended up to the occipital. )1 1/2 years ago and my most recent one was 7 months ago.(removed occipital. Plate and C2 screws due to loosening and extended down to C3 )Because of my excess motion (hyper extension) it caused too much pressure on my C3 which resulted in me needing the 3rd surgery. Mine obviously happened quicker than yours but I have heard that there is around a 50/50 chance of them needing to extend. I don't know how true that is but one of my doctors said that.
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