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Facing possible 2nd cervical fusion surgery.

VeeVVee Posts: 4
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:57 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I had cervical fusion almost 3 years ago. This whole year I have been dealing with left side neck and shoulder pain. My recent cat scan shows C5 and C6 didn't fusse. My doctor is recommending surgery. I wonder what would happen if I don't get the 2nd surgery. Can I be proactive and avoid surgery AND pain?


  • Vee,

    First off, Welcome to Spine Health!! Non fusion, or also known as "pseudarthrosis" or false joint can cause all manner of issues, or the hardware can be holding all in place. Since you might be symptomatic, it will have to come down to what your doctors tell you. I am guessing you are seeing a spine specialist presently?

    Me, mine ended up (C6/7 never fused) destabilizing my spine from C5-T1 and thus I am recovering from a 5 level posterior fusion C4-T2 - you don't want to let it get worse if there is movement - but again, you have to find out what is going on before you freak out.

    Just go with what your doctors and your body is telling you for your decision. My body was screaming at me, so I "sorta" knew...

    Please let us know how it goes. Sorry you are going through this. Again, welcome aboard!!

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,111
    I also am a failed fusion, a few times. I agree with Brenda do what your docs and your body tells you. My body told me everytime, something has to be done, I cant live this way and if it can be fixed then Im going to fix it!
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  • Thanks Brenda, I will ask some more questions.I currently see a neurosurgeon for my neck. A friend recommended getting a second opinion.
  • Thanks Brenda, I will ask some more questions.I currently see a neurosurgeon for my neck. A friend recommended getting a second opinion.
  • You sound brave with all those surgeries! How are you now. do you lead an active lifestyle or has these surgeries interfered with your life? Vee
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  • Vee,

    I am having my first surgery (ACDF C5/6, C6/7) on December 5th. I was very nervous and scared until I started reading the comments here at Spine-Health. Now I am counting the days until surgery and a better life for me. I think I read a quote that went something like this "its better to do something today to have a better tomorrow, than to do nothing at all and continue to have debilitating pain." I think that pretty well sums up the way I feel. When I went to my neurosurgeon he told me I had two options: surgery or eventual wheelchair. I am taking the lesser of two evils and going with surgery. All I can recommend is that you do a lot of researching here and on the web. I have read personal blogs that have been very helpful to me. Good luck to you.

    the cat lady
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