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released from NS

Hi everyone. Went for a check-up for my neck. It's been 9 1/2 months since surgery.( C3-C7 decompression and fusion ) Still having problems with my muscles not healing. Now I am having problems with my thoracic spine. T7-T8 is bulging out and putting mild pressure on spinal cord. He said there was nothing more he could do for my neck, and as for my back, he told me the disc would have to be watched and if the pain started to come around my ribs to my chest to give him a call. Otherwise, he released me from his care. He told me to see him if I needed to. How long did anyone else go to the specialist before being released? Thank you



  • SavageSavage United StatesPosts: 5,427
    I do not have first hand experience with your situation, as I've never been a candidate for surgery.
    Others may respond with their experiences similar to yours.

    But curious if your surgeon referred you to specialist for follow up care?
    As in, who is to be watching your thoracic disc? And monitor for the rib cage pain?

    From my reading, often times when released from surgeon, there is referral to, or back to, pain management where doctor can monitor you as you are recovering, and for pain and other spinal issues.

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  • Hi, wow haven't been on here in a long time. I have had 4 spine surgeries. Three lumbar and one thoracic. My NS who did the lumbar surgeries referred me to Duke for my thoracic surgery because of location so close to spinal cord and heart and lungs. Out of the 4 surgeries 2 failed including the thoracic fusion. I have been back to my NS locally several times since symptoms in lumbar reappear occasionally. Only thing I can do now is wait until pain and or nerve damage gets worse and then have L4 to S1 fusion. Luckily my general practitioner who I worked for 5 years takes care of my pain meds. I have been to NS since 1994 with my first spine surgery. I just call now to make appt but will avoid until I can't stand anymore.
    Good luck and hope you find answers.

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