Background: I am a 43 year old male, I do not smoke, drink, and I try to take care of myself. In October of 2014 I had a C5-7 ACDF using the PEEK bone substitute spaces, plates and screws. I wore my c-collar for 2 months and used my bone simulator for 6 months without fail.
About 6 months ago I started having a return of the symptoms, tight neck muscles, pain between the shoulders pain under the shoulders, burning in the right arm, and numbness in my hands - especially after I wake up in the morning. These symptoms were very similar to what sent me to see the doc in the first place about my neck. My original surgeon basically blew me off and said that there was nothing wrong with me. I self referred myself to a orthopedic spine specialist who had me do a 6 week round of PT, which did nothing to improve my symptoms, but was necessary for my insurance to approve the CT, meylogram and MRI. I just got the results back from these test which showed a non-union and some additional canal narrowing on the right side at C6 and C7.
My doc has recommended that I undergo a revision of the fusion, this time the surgery will be from the posterior approach. He is also planning on using allograph bone, a bone grow agent, and additional hardware. My recovery from the ACDF was pretty easy, what can I expect from the posterior surgery. He made the comment that recovery is a little rougher from this surgery. What can I expect?
2012 C5-C7 ACDF with fixation - failed to fuse
June 2014 - Planned revision surgery