Hi everybody. I'm one more newbie to the forum scrambling for support to manage high anxiety for an upcoming surgery. Today my surgeon gave me details about the procedure, and it's more than I was expecting. My 18 year old fusion has come apart somehow (still got the old plate and screws holding me together in a fashion). In the process of assessing my current pain we discover that one of the screws from my first surgery is in the disc space of C6-C7, which I've learned is a bad situation, too. Monday I'm to have an anterior corpectomy of C6 and discectomy of C6-C7, fusing with a cage and plate/screws (this time the screws go in the vertabrae, thank you very much). I'll be fused from C2-C7, if it works this time. Doc says he'll use my own bone and a bit of donor, if necessary. Apparantly, they grind up the bone and pack it into and around the cage. This probably isn't news to you guys but boy, it is to me. Wow. Just the idea of them taking a good bit of my spine apart and then balancing my head on a mesh cylnder freaks me out. I'm having fears of the cage drifting over and pinching my spinal cord. How does this not happen? I am much more anxious about this surgery than the first, I guess because I have time to think about it! I'm planning to go back to work 8 days post surgery. I'm tempted to watch video of the surgery on the Internet but somehow I don't think it would help with my anxiety. Any words of wisdom are most appreciated.
History of initial injury: Bicycle accident 1993 with resulting spinal cord contusion and weeks of quadraplegia; hernitated and ruptured discs at C4-C5 and C5-C6; congenital fusion at C2-C3; surgery resulted in fusion from C2-C6. Today I type with one hand and have a puny left calf, but I manage well. My job involves sitting for long periods and light typing/computer work.