Last week I was told I needed a 3 level fusion C 4-5, C 5-6, C 6-7. I must tell you I was totally unprepared for this diagnosis for a number of reasons but mainly because my neurologist didn't even think I needed pain meds (which I did) and he cautioned me about any type of surgery when he he saw the appointment that my primary made with the neurosurgeon for a week later.
I am usually the person that goes with others to the doctor to ask the questions, I am always prepared and inqusitive. The only thing I could do was cry so I didn't hear much at all except the repeated warning of the inability to swallow after surgery and possibly living on soft food for the rest of my life. Has this happened to anyone here? Do they have to go in through the front of the nneck?
I am going to go for a second opinion and maybe take that person as my new doctor. I did some research on the first doctor I saw and he is not a board certified neurosurgeon but is a board certified surgeon and able to apply for certification as a neurosurgeon. He has 8 years experience.
I have read many posts on the board looking for information over the past few days but using the computer is painful. So please excuse me if I ask questions that have been answered before. I truly appreciate people sharing their experiences. I know that everyone is different but have found the information shared here so helpful.
My questions are:
What was the recovery like as far as time in the hospital and how long were you out of work? How physically limited were you after the surgery?
How long in a hard cast or soft cast? Did you go to PT afterward?
I am from the Boston area and went to Lahey has anyone gone to Beth Israel, Baptist or MGH or elsewhere for this surgery?
My 13 year old daughter is sick of me being in pain and unable to do things. Anyone else experience this?