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Posterior c1 c2 fusion

I had a freaky fall off my horse and broke c2. Medevaced to hospital and neuro operated about 24 hrs after accident. That was about 4 weeks ago. Doc said he was scoring c2 on one side and cutting on the other, using bone from area for fusing, and three screws that would be perm. Neck collar never put back on after surgery. Walked with help pretty soon after. Walking is good for a little bit but leaning over is a killer. Go back to ns in a couple of weeks for scans to see if things are stable. No pt recommended yet. Pain is manageable with Tylenol now. My appetite is lousy. Excuse the terms I'm using...unlike many posting here, there was no pre planning done....but I've had lots of advice . Mostly from people with no clue and some well intentioned who had a completely different kind of spine surgery...some from decades ago.

Just want to know if any on this forum are familiar with this procedure and possible outcomes.


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  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,111
    Although my posterior cervical surgery wasn't on the same disc as yours it was c4-c7 I can relate to the frustration of healing time for the posterior surgery. It is a rough recovery and takes time. Patience was never one of my best virtues and I found myself very frustrated and scared during recovery of what my future held. I am happy to say that my neck is stable for the first time in years ( 4 prior failed surgeries), I am back to work and can do just about anything except look up to the sky with my head held back. I can do it but I pay for it dearly. It sounds as if you are early in the recovery process so try to be patient and keep us posted as how you are doing.
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