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broken screws in neck fusion

I have had 2 different cervical fusions, the last one in Nov 2013. Yesterday, I just found out I have a broken screw in each fusion. Now I have to have another surgery, combining both fusions making it from C4 to T1. Has anyone had this happen to them? I have a very good and expierenced surgeon, and he said he has never seen this happen before. the first fusion was C7 to T1 done in Dec 2012. He also has to do this through the back of my neck, making it more painful. Can anyone rate the pain level of this surgery for me? I have to admit, the fusions done through the front, really wasn't that difficult to recover from for me. I have had lots of surgeries, due to severe arthritis, and as you know each one is different. I need some input on my up and coming surgery, any help?
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