I'm hoping someone can help clear up some questions for me. I need to have cerival fusion done, but I've gone to 2 different doctors and got 2 totally different stories. One was a neurosurgeon who operates with an orthopedic doctor, he uses either cadaver bones or metal of some type, he claims that I will have to wear the collar for 6 weeks and won't be able to drive for 6 weeks either. Then I went to an Orthopedic doctor who I think operates on his own but is supposed to be one of the best in MD, anyway, he says he uses bones out of your hip and then you only have to wear the collar for 2 weeks and drive in 2 weeks. These stories seem totally inconsistent to me. Any incite on either procedure is a plus!
Also, how bad is the pain and how long does it usually last? I'm not in a lot of pain now, I have more of a popping issue and they say my spinal cord is being damaged every time I move. So my point is, I'm not doing this to eleviate pain, so I definitely don't want to add something else to my list. Maybe I already have pain and just don't notice it so much because of other issues, but honestly my lower back is what kills me every day! I was in a car accident in 2005 and this will be my 11th surgery. I just had both sides done for thoracic outlet syndrome, so I'm wondering what I'm in for this time! With all of the surgeries I've had, I've never worried like I am this time, I think a lot of it is due to the inconsistencies in treatment. At least they both agreed I needed the surgery and that I really shouldn't wait, but how do you know if you are making the right choice?