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C1-C2 Fusion

Any other lucky ones out there? I know this is a fairly uncommon procedure, so I thought we could compare notes and lean on each others shoulders a bit. :-)
April 2011 C1-C2 Fusion (Brooks wiring)
January 2012 C1-C2 Revision Fusion (Harms Technique)
2010 - current: Trigger Point Injections, Epidural Injections, Bilateral C2-C3 Radiofrequency Ablations


  • achyneck said:
    Any other lucky ones out there? I know this is a fairly uncommon procedure, so I thought we could compare notes and lean on each others shoulders a bit. :-)
    Hi, my name is Ion - i'm 31 a years old male from Bucharest, Romania. I've had a c1-c2 fusion on 5 september 2015 after a motorcycle accident happened in July of 2015 in which I overextended my head resulting in ligament tearing. The pain before was terrible and I've spent alot of visits to several medics that couldnt give me a decent answer, until I've met a good neurosurgeon who also performed the surgery - posterior incision with 4 screws and 2 titanium rods. After the surgery my life has changed for the worst as I was an active person, been riding motorbikes for about ten years and had a passion for sports and travel, which I wont ever see again probably ...
    On december 16 after a CT my surgeon confirmed that I was 80% fused and he prescribed me physiotherapy which i'll start now in january if i feel up to it.
    I feel better than the first months now, but still far away from normal, pain still comes and goes depending on how I keep my head...about one month from the surgery my knees both swelled alot and I found myself unable to walk for the most of it, visited few rheumatologists and was diagnosticated with ankylosing spondylitias which flared up because of the operation in the neck .. now I feel most of the days like an old sickly man unable to do much of the daily tasks, spending most of the day in the bed ... lost my job, close to bancrupcy and making my wife suffer because of my condition - God bless her soul, she was a pillar for me thru this but shes tired of it ...
    I've been lurking and reading on these forums for a while now and was terrified of the stories involving c-spine surgeries, none seems to end well. If anyone needs more info on how to cope with this in the first months and what helped me fuse easier I cand give some advices and i'd also be happy to receive yours about how to continue life in this situation.
    Hope I wasnt too incoherent in this little venting and excuse my poor english or typing mistakes. May God watch over everyone here in pain !
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