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Anterior/Posterior Cervical surgery back to back

aobaraaaobara Posts: 1
edited 10/18/2015 - 10:29 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I am a 57 year old female who went through ACDF (anterior) C3-C7 (with wedges to realign a severe forward disc curve in my neck) surgery on day 1 and posterior rods with a connector from C3 to T2 surgery on day 2, in early June of this year. My first neck surgery was in 2002 and I was told then that I would most likely have to have surgery in the future and, I did, thirteen years later. This "double neck" surgery (as I call it) was definitely no picnic and I would not wish it on anyone, but after two months of following doctor's orders, I was able to return to work on a part-time basis. Unfortunately, I still struggle with some fatigue, some numbness, weakness and achiness in the left arm, wrist and fingers. However, I hate to think what I would have been like had I not had this surgery. I was asked in 2002 if I had been in a car accident when I was around 16-18 years old, to which I replied, "No!" I guess that should have given me a clue of the seriousness of the damage to C6-C7 in my neck. Also, Degenerative Disc Disease and arthritis have become my life since age 42. Trying to keep a positive attitude daily definitely helps, as does working outside our home to keep my mind off of what is and probably what will come. Physical therapy has also been a big help. Although, now I am now probably facing a second lumbar surgery (first one was in 2010) unless I can somehow keep the pinching and pain in my right trunk/leg area "at bay." Would I recommend this "double neck" surgery to anyone who is faced with it? Only if you think you can withstand the most painful thing you have ever endured in your life every day, for about six weeks, and know that there is nothing else that can fix your problems. I think if your doctor recommends it for you, there are probably no other alternatives. Hang in there everyone! It is possible to see SOME light at the end of the tunnel. If I can withstand a "double neck" surgery, you can make it too.


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