Hello guys, I am sorry to burden you all with my problems( as I can tell you all are going threw a lot ) But I need some advise. In 3 weeks im having a fusion from C-4 to T-4 with a structural(propup up bridge) betweenC-2 to C-4 (due to scholiosis and full collapse to the rignt to where C-2 is actually touching the right side of C-5 )
. Can anyone advise me here I first saw surgeons at spinal center a year ago for this surgery( I was informed that no surgeon here in Denver or anywhere else had done a surgery like this befor) so I honestly don't know what to expect....I decided against the spinal centers surgery plan as they brought me to the university hospital and got surgeons from 5 hospitals involved including but not limited to neuro's,residents,vascular,general,ortho's,attending, aneo,radio, and many other forms of surgeons and they came up with a fusion with bone replacements bost in the back and front incisions,and placing a titanium cage around c2,c3,c4,c5,c6,c7,t1,and t2 so a 6 inch long cage would have been placed around the spine...I have decided against it and found a GREAT SURGEON who is very confident in his version of the procrdure (that does not include the cage ) but is a c-4 to t-4 fusion with a prop up fusion bridge from c-2 to c-4...Can anyone give advise or what to expect afterwards(as the brain,neuro,and ortho surgeons has told me that they can not PROMISE me ANY PAIN RELEIF AT ALL FROM THIS SURGERY,but they can stabilize me and keep me from being in a wheel chair in the future.I HAVE a BEAUTIFUL wife and a 8 year old boy,a 7 year old daughter, and a 1 year old son,so I have everything to live for...CAN anyone tell what they do to manage the pain after surgery as this is also a large issue(post op pain) I mean I have chronic pain meds now for years a long acting and a PRN but I don't think that would do it for the post-op??
Please if anyone can give me an idea of what to expect before and after surgery ( when I wake up ) I would very much like to hear from you guys.I am running out of time,please respond, Josh
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C2,C3,C4,C5,C6,C7 T1,T2,T3,T4,T5 ALL FUSED AND C4,C6,T1 REMOVED AND REPLACED WITH CAGES