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Spinal Fusion C3,C4,C5

splashssplash Posts: 2
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:45 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hi everyone, I am new to posting on SpineHealth. I have followed this forum for the last 4 years and have found a lot of good information. I will give you some background in formation. 2006 I had a fusion at C4-C5 thur the front and and a Corpecomy and Laminectomy thur the back. I now find myself looking at a-redo on C4-C5 but including C3. I guess my guestion is. Has anyone had C3,4,5 fused and how hard it was on you? What kind of mobility issues if any have you had? Thanks,


  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 1,033
    hi splash,
    Welcome Spine Health, seems you already know the wealth of information and support from reading your post.
    I had a corpectomy, discectomy, multi-level fusion of C3 thru C6 with a strut, cage, rods, plates, & screws done from both posterior & anterior sides.
    That was done in 2007 and my range of motion is surprising good. As might be expected this was a major surgery but it wasn't a bad recovery. In the near future I will be facing more fusion below and above that area due to severe OA. I was told this may not be as easy as the previous event.
    Take care,
  • I had disc replacement from level 4-7 and found the surgery not bad at all. Not that i had anything to compare it to. I felt much better after the surgery compared to how i was feeling before it.My mobility is great ,for the first six months or so my right side was stiff,but that was the bad side but it has loosened up a lot and now i have almost full range or motion.
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  • I had c4-c7, fusion of all, plate, and screws. This happened March 2010. I have not regained full usage of my right arm and my thumb throbs and hurts all the time. I get the burn in the shoulders and muscle spasms are still bad for me. I see some people w/great results and others like me, still having problems. I also had compressed spinal cord, nerve damage, and etc.... This is MAJOR surgery, keep the collar on if they say to use it. I take Neurontin, Flexril, Hydrocodone, and a blood pressure pill. ( I did not have high blood pressure until I had the surgery, it was brought on by chronic pain)I go to a new Neuro doctor on the 28th, my surgeon is not very nice. He does not want to hear I am still in pain, can't sleep, and can't lift my head off of my pillow. In my surgeon's fantasy world, he did the perfect surgery and I am lying about the pain. QUESTION everything, my surgeon was such an a__ my pt read MRI report to me weeks after surgery at how severe I was. Good Luck and God Bless
  • I was finaly able to see a NS last week and had an MRI done on Friday so hopefully I will get the results very soon. I was told by two Doc's that I need a Fusion from C4-C7. I'm a little nervous about this surgery due to the risks involved, I was told by a Doctor several years ago that I may not be able to turn my head at all and the pain may be worse.

    C4/5 C5/6 C7 Spondlyosis with bilateral neuroforminal narrowing, C3/4 pleural scarring
    straightening of the lordosis curve
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