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Fusion of C5-C6 & C6-C7 Complete: Sharing info here

bay2000bbay2000 Posts: 23
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:52 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Hello all - I posted in another thread just last week "am I headed to the O/R" I wanted to begin a new thread because I saw so many out there I didn't want to reply to each thread. I'm 29 hours post-op and home already. I had a double fusion thanks to two generous donors. Had that ADCF thingy (or is it acdf)? Anyway the surgery is not bad and the only soreness I have is just a little in my neck and it's a tad sore in my throat. I officiate college II/III football and also work as a kicking ball official for the NFL and not expecting to miss any work time for the 2011 seasaon. I used the Rothman Institute in Philadelphia and was operated on by a "rock star" of spine doctors. My doc actually designed the plate that was inserted into my neck. For those of you local to the Philadelphia area they have a great little hospital adjacent to the office in Bucks County that's special for the institute. I went in 6am yesterday, operated on at 7, then returned home today about an hour ago. I will just tell you who are scared of this that the pain is not that bad. In fact it hurt worse than prior to the surgery so I feel LESS pain even though there is some there. Put it this way I haven't taken pain meds in at least 4 hours and sitting here sharing my story. I did the cortisone thing, followed by a triple foraminotomy, followed by this. Just understand I'm no medical professional but in talking with enough docs and therapists one thing is for sure we're all individuals and no two is exactly alike but for what it's worth I can share this is not to big of a deal. I'm 47 in excellent health (can't wait to get back to P90X), and don't smoke. Just some Miller Lites with the boys and that's about it. Of course I'm not out of the woods yet and have quite a way to go. I have a stimulator or something attached to me and will be there for 3 months to help the healing process. Insurance covers it as well. Good luck to those of you are waiting for a decision. My suggestion if there's damage there get the damage fixed. I heard these resolve themselves some times so that's a choice you need to consider. Cheers!

PS. One hint of advice! Do NOT use information here as a decision maker. Of course the public internet and sites like this are an excellent source of information but like my nurse told me for certain recovery I need to do things...1) stay off the internet getting opinions and having that shape my decisions, and two, listen to YOUR doctor. I just wanted to let you all know how I did and that it wasn't too bad. Good luck in whatever you decide. And if you're near Philadelphia check out Rothman. These guys handle Phillies, Flyers, Eagles, and the US Olympic team. I think they know a "little" about what they're doing.


  • Bay2000,

    Hehehe... I have to chuckle a bit as you are responding much like most of us. Freak out mode BEFORE the surgery, now it's done, not so bad! See, the pre surgery nerves were less than the surgery its self! :)

    As for internet advice, and you meaning articles and such? I ask that as most of us replied (and reply) to you and others based on what we went through. So it wasn't some researcher regurgitating some tripe as to what is expected, but giving real world "what we went through" types of things.

    I'm very happy to see you are home, and recovery is starting off well. Don't be surprised if you start getting pains in places you didn't have it before. That will be your spine and body adjusting to this now fused area - it changes your overall spine forever. Your nerves will start to wake up and heal, your muscles will fuss, your ligaments will change in tension. Take all of those changes as phases in the healing process. Please follow your doctors orders, and rest, walk and heal!!!

    Welcome to the "other side" Bay2000!!! :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • You couldn't be more correct, Brenda! I was expecting to go hell and back. I often forget my own advice. Having now gone through this and getting a donor bone I will promptly sign up to be a donor. I will be forever grateful for the two families who made donors for each bone fragment. I can't wait to get thank you notes in their hands. I will continue to post both positive and negative experiences. Someone posted that people often forget about the positives and that might scare some people. I do indeed feel lucky and for that I'm extremely grateful from the donor, the doctor, and some of those who helped me make the decision right here. Cheers!
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  • Bay2000,

    Back is going...gotta scoot soon. Bravo to you as well!! On my drivers license "donor" is listed. :)

    Yeah, on here unlike many sites, we are only "experts" on what we went through as you yourself are now seeing. Is that bad? Nope, not at all. We share what "we" as patients go through vs what a spine specialist or surgeon says we "should" be feeling.

    Please remember....YOU had MAJOR surgery, so don't "feel good today" and "overdue" and hurt more than you should, okay? Big supportive *HUG* to you Bay!!!


    Logging off soon...back hates me today!! Sniff.
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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