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Fusion C6-7, redo remove plates

enough11eenough11 Posts: 7
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:52 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
Due to the fact that I have been in constant pain for so low I did alot of soul searching. I have been through hell and back since 2004, three cervical fusions, the implant of a spinal cord stimulator with multiple revisions from NC, PA, and SC. I was told that there was a non union, cleft, bridged bone.
I went back to my neuro whom I have not seen since '05. I had him review records, xrays, MRI's and CT scans. There is nobody that want to go through surgery again but I feel I am back in the best of hands. I always believed and had faith in him and knew when I saw him he would guide me the right way.
He has decided to remove the old plate/screws, clean everything out and put a new type of disc in and a bone, do know if it will be a mine on not. I felt like a weight was lifted.
Everyone else that I saw the reaction wss to get used to it you will live in pain the rest of your life. Not good enouth answer for me. And want to get off the drugs, or at least reduce the number being taken.
Anyone else had C6-7 redone and done maybe done by the front not back?
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  • I have not had a revision, but have read posts from others who have. I hope that they respond to you. So sorry for the pain you have been in since 2004. Hopefully this will take care of your pain and give you your life back.
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    12/9/2010 ACDF C5-6 C6-7 with plate, screws,
    BMP & bone fragment filled cages
    2/14/2011 trying to go back to work as a teacher
    2/17/2011 starting PT
    wearing bone stimulator 4 hours a day
    DDD, arthritis, herniated disks, pinched nerves
    3 months saw a little bit of bone growth (YEAH)
    4/15/2011 Home Tens Unit

    Dealt with the pain and issues for more than 5 years
    tried PT, chiropractic, acupuncture, cervical epidural shots and selective nerve root blocks prior to surgery
  • Howdy,

    I should *might* (better term) know if I am heading down revision + road. I just had my MRI's updated, and the neck was not pretty. The bone inside the fusions is breaking down, and the C5/6 looks like it is taking C4/5 with it, and C7/T1 is flattening - so yeah, more surgery is NOT something I want, but like you said, what do you otherwise want to live with.

    I kind of look at it this way, we (our bodies and minds) "know" when we have to go that route. Like you, I am back with my Neurologist that I love and trust. I haven't seen the official MRI report, so maybe (fingers crossed), the mess I am seeing is me seeing things. It sounds like you have all your reports, so the proper ammo if you will for an informed decision. Please let us know what the result is, and what you decide. We're here for ya!!

    Brenda
    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,778
    Well just in case you haven't heard my little story as of yet .... Here it goes:

    In October of 2006, I had a "simple" two level ACDF performed do to the findings on this MRI
    http://www.spine-health.com/forum/neck-pain-cervical/my-bad-mri I was "rubber stamped" to return to work 12 days post procedure. Within 3 - 4 weeks I could tell something wasn't right.

    I spent the next 1.5 years seeing every specialist around - having muyiple diagnostics until I finally saw an ortopedic surgeon who put my MRI up on the screen and said "we will have to redo the whole shabang". It was at the time "Music to my ears" because I finally had a surgeon who saw what was wrong and said he could help.

    The problem list from first simple surgery:

    1. Non-union of the cadaver implant at C4-C5 & C5-C6
    2. The implant at C5-C6 had impacted down into the C6 vertabrea.
    3. An Anterior ossification had developed which meant anytime I would swallow, the entire construct would bang into my cord at those levels.
    4. Pain that was not manageable by almost every med under the sun from Methadone to Oxycontin, Neuro epileptics such as neurotin, muscle relaxants, etc.

    This led me to my "revision surgery" that (2008) encompessed a 9 day hospital stay - 3 days in the ICU. 4 surgeries over a three day period of time. My Orhto harvested bone from may Iliac Crest (No freeze dried bone from an expired patient this time) removal of the anterior plate, another discectomy at c6-C7(that disc blew from adjacent disk syndrome),
    Placement of a larger anterior plate across c4,C5,C6,C7.

    Then they flipped me over (different day)removed the C5 - C7 vertabrea (corpectomy) and replaced this area with a strut full of my harvested bone. They then placed posterior rods bilateEacao rially running from C4-C7.

    I now have an "hour glass" anterior - posterior area of stenosis at C3 - C4 that is getting worse as each day passes. I will need additional surgery or risk paraysis of my upper respiratory muscles.

    So When is Enough? - Enough? Only your doctor, your body,and our lord above have the answers to this(these)questions(s)


    Regards,


    d
  • I am so sorry for all of the pain and heartache. My heart goes out to you. The adjacent disk syndrome is one of my biggest fears. Wish they would perfect the ADR for the cervical area. You certainly have been through enought. I hope that you have much family and friend support to help you through all of this.
  • I'm kinda in the same boat. I had c3-c6 fusion and hardware. First year went great and than started having problems, MRI shows a breakdown of c6-c7 with c6 impeding the spinal column. Surgeon says he could go in and correct the c6 but can't guarantee it will take care of all my symptoms so I am just trying to hold off as long as I can and than hopefully go in a correct what is breaking down now.

    I wish you all the best, I know its not an easy decision but at some point there comes a time when enough is enough. I'm not at that point but know I will get there. You have been hanging in there for a long time, I truly hope that you can get much relief.
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  • I've had 3 cervical fusions. Now C3-4 is herniated. My voice has changed some since the last surgery. If I did another fusion would I have zero range of motion? Also, April 2011 I had C4-5 done and per MRI it's bulging and osteophytic....would the doctor re-do or just leave it? What questions should I ask Neurosurgeon on Wednesday? Ready just to give up. Terri
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,111
    Ive had the revision and it was at the c5-c6 level. Our stories sound eerily familiar. I have had 5 cervical surgeries now and praying that I will never have another on again. Its seems like my neck does fine for a year following surgery then everything fails. Why they do not know. The revision surgery was rough for me. The surgeon had a horrible time removing the old plate and correcting all the other problems. He actually said to me in post op, I had to beat the shit out of you to correct the problems. I had broken screws that he couldnt get removed, he had to leave one in. The revision was the best move i ever made. It reduced the pain significantly. If there are any questions you think I might be able to answer for you ask away. Good luck
    Susan
  • Gina PGGina P Posts: 2
    edited 04/16/2015 - 10:00 PM
    enough11 said:
    Due to the fact that I have been in constant pain for so low I did alot of soul searching. I have been through hell and back since 2004, three cervical fusions, the implant of a spinal cord stimulator with multiple revisions from NC, PA, and SC. I was told that there was a non union, cleft, bridged bone.
    I went back to my neuro whom I have not seen since '05. I had him review records, xrays, MRI's and CT scans. There is nobody that want to go through surgery again but I feel I am back in the best of hands. I always believed and had faith in him and knew when I saw him he would guide me the right way.
    He has decided to remove the old plate/screws, clean everything out and put a new type of disc in and a bone, do know if it will be a mine on not. I felt like a weight was lifted.
    Everyone else that I saw the reaction wss to get used to it you will live in pain the rest of your life. Not good enouth answer for me. And want to get off the drugs, or at least reduce the number being taken.
    Anyone else had C6-7 redone and done maybe done by the front not back?
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  • I am in a similar situation. Had C5-6 ACDF in '05, C4-6 ACDF in '06, C3-7 ACDF in May '16, and C3-7 PCDF in June '16. All of that work in '16 was a crappy job, and my new surgeon says it needs to be re-done from C3 to T3 this time. Also, the C3-4 plate on front, is obstructing my esophagus, making it hard to swallow. The front screw at C6 is poking through into my nerves. I am having all of this done in 2 weeks. I hope this finally fixes me. I am to the point where I can't work even an hour without horrific pain, and I sit at a desk all day!! I am ready to quit my job it hurts so bad.

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