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Pain 2 years after c3-4-5-6 surgery

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:21 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
In March of 2006 an overly aggressive surgeon fused c3-4-5-6 in my neck. Told me he was going to just fuse 3 vertebrae. But as he bragged to me later, "he does the big jobs in town." Consequently, I have been living in constant pain. My pain is totally unlike any of the symptoms that drove me to surgery. Basically, if I move my head, my left arm burns horribly. Also, I'd like to mention to people considering this surgery, a huge loss of neck movement results in fusing this many cervical vertebrae. The surgeon said I would loose 15%. Truth is in some vectors it is 80%. Don't do it unless your life is threatened.

Anyone had any experience in dealing with this kind of failed spinal surgery? Any therapy know to help?

Thank you


  • MetalneckMetalneck Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,364

    SO Sorry to hear of the new problems ....

    I had a three level ACDF that completely failed to fuse and caused herniation of another level ... Did you have donor bone or was it your own? Have you been examined MRI'ed or X-rayed for hardware failure .... did you completely fuse ... when it come to necks ... agressive is OK in my book .... get the diagnostics and let us know your status. WE CAN relate.

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  • My pain began immediately after the surgery, subsided 3 weeks later then began building again in 2 months. Now it is constant. Wish I would have had better advice before choosing this mess. Wish I could do some kind of physical therapy to help. Pain meds have not been a good choice for me either. Again, I advise everyone to try anything but this surgery.

    It is ironic that my fusion, by surgical standards, is PERFECT.
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