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ACC on C4-C6, now C7 is out of alignment

FerdballFFerdball Posts: 1
edited 06/18/2015 - 2:44 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello, this is my first post.

I was in a mountain bike crash and needed emergency ACC on C4-C6. I also have a compressed T6 and a few chip fractures. But on my two week follow-up, the X-ray showed my C6 was out of alignment with my C7. The surgeon said that if it doesn't look better on my 6 week follow-up, that he's going to have to "stabilize it." He said that he's going to have to go in through the back. I don't know what that procedure is called, but I'm hoping I don't need it done.

I posted on another forum, and someone suggested that he should have done C7 at the same time. But with 4 vertibrae fused, that doesn't seem to me like a good idea. Would this have been a good idea?

Do these types of fusions typically have some movement in the first few weeks? Is there a chance that it will stabilize itself with time or with PT? I really want to avoid another surgery, if possible.

This procedure was done at Big Bear/Loma Linda, but I live in San Diego. I'm scheduled to see a neurosurgeon in July for a second opinion and to perform the procedure if necessary. I guess it will ultimately be up to him, but I hope someone can help explain to me what is typical for my situation.


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  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,476
    It is good you are seeing doctor for second opinion.
    Always a good idea and often times helpful to have new eyes looking at your situation.

    You have some good questions. But questions that doctor, with all your information, is best able to answer.

    This site has great video library. Articles, also.
    You may benefit from using the __ search__upper right on this page, type in your concerns.
    As I search, I usually find I have more questions. Sometimes I continue to search, other times I write questions down to bring to ask doctor.

    Having a list of all your questions could be quite helpful during your consult exam.
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