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Decompression and fusion

patrain17ppatrain17 Ottawa area, CanadaPosts: 106
edited 06/11/2012 - 9:01 AM in Recovering from Surgery

I had an endonasal decompression surgery to take care of my Craniocervical compression problem related to a craniocervical junction anomaly. Because of the instability caused by the resection of the parts that were putting pressure on my cord and brain, they also had to do an occiput to C3 fusion.

I am now in 3 months after my first of two surgeries, and I am feeling better in a lot of ways. Less numbness and tingling and a lot more energy. I just got rid of the hard collar a few days ago and am wearing a soft collar on an on and off basis. The neck is very stiff and I am very hesitant in moving it. I am starting physio this Friday and am going back to work in about 3 weeks.

I still have some shooting pain sometimes in my fingers and I am still experiencing some tingling and numbness from time to time in my fingers and left feet. I still have difficulty swallowing which I had hoped the surgery would help. I guess the damage was already done and it just might take more time for things to get back to normal.

After my second surgery, my surgeon told me told me he couldn't understand how I could function the way I was. Over 50% of my spinal canal was gone. Even my breathing functions were affected by my condition. I guess I'm lucky now!


  • patrain17ppatrain17 Ottawa area, CanadaPosts: 106
    I forgot to say that I was very nervous about going back to work. I certainly hope the neck is going to move better than it does now or else it's not going to be easy. Any input on the range of motion from someone who had occiput to C3 fusion would be greatly appreciated.
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