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surgery to the neck for ankylosing spondylitis

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:34 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
hello, i was wondering if anyone out there has had a cervical osteotomy, a procedure which essentially removes a section of vertabrae to raise the head upward.
my head was fixed in a downward gaze,my natural view was of the floor; to see ahead i had to lean back by bending my knees. office chairs that tilt were my staple seat.
the surgery was complex and of a very long duration, i'm told, and three days of intensive care follows. and the recovery is also very, very long.
like others i discounted the risks and had to face the consequences which ,after two years, now makes me wonder if the surgery was worth the troubles i live with.
i would like to hear from others who have had a similiar surgery.


  • Oh, that sounds encouraging. I'm afraid I can offer you no point of views, yet. I am due to see a surgeon on Friday coming, last year I had the MRIscan and a CAT scan, which apparently clears me, to a point, for surgery. I am like you were, head down, as if I am looking for dropped change! I have had ank spond for some 20 years, and in truth it doesn't really hurt now, although I confess I am able to benefit from weekly injections of enbrel, the anti tumour necrosis factor thing. Which helps a great deal in the pain sector. But the line of vision is ridiculous, and very awkward. It also affects my balance somewhat, I do that sometimes stumbling deal, just in general everyday movements. So, reading your post, you say was it worth it. What exactly do you regret, and find so negative to question the original decision to have it done?
  • Hi there was wondering how you are doing now? Did you have surgery, has it improved your quality of life, I hope you don't mind my asking. :-) Any insight you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
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    This is an old discussion created by a member no longer on the forum so I am closing it.

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
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