I was told today about surgery to fuse my c5 and c6. When the surgeon described to me the process or what would be done and how... I almost started crying.
There are so many things that can happen and go wrong. I know it's stupid to freak out like this but my family doesn't seem to recover from surgery well. Irrational ? YES, yet I can't get this image out of my head of me looking a bit like Frankenstein's monster.
He told me they would.... cut the side of my neck, move "everything out of the way" to gain access. Then they would remove the 2 herniated discs, replace at least one of them with one from a cadavar, and then place a steel plate in place with a couple steel screws.
I'm 47 , and I'm seriously freaking out! I don't want to say anything to my son. He doesn't need this kind of thing on his mind. He's just starting out his life. I don't really have anyone else to talk to about this. No one that I trust anyway.
I know I'm just being stupid and working myself up for nothing, but it just doesn't feel like nothing to me.Welcome to Spine-Health
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