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C1- C2 Harms fusion, 6 weeks post-op Scalp numbness; PT authorized;

Three PuttTThree Putt Posts: 1
edited 02/27/2015 - 5:17 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
1) Numbness has not subsided from back half and of the scalp to incision site. N/S said yesterday he had to sever the nerve that provides 'feeling' in the back half of scalp in order to place the right side screws.

I have a very hard time believing this, from the TOP surgeon in the hospital. Was there no way to be more careful and spare this nerve? When I asked him about it he said that there was little chance I would ever get the feeling back,

A 20 yr experienced N/S i would expect to be far more capable of preserving ALL nerves, rather than being careless about them.

Bottom line: I believe he is lying to me about HAVING had to sever the nerve t insert the screw.

Does anyone have the same c1-c2 surgery and have you experienced permanent damage to your scalp?

2) What P/T exercises can I begin from home immediately since he has approved 8 sessions O/P therapy.


  • 1028761102876 Posts: 248
    edited 02/27/2015 - 8:33 AM
    For me the feeling did come back it just took a long time. The nerve usually will regenerate and for me it took over a year to get the feeling to even start coming back. My neuro said that it's nearly impossible to not sever the nerve when they are placing in the screws and working in there. For PT my neuro started me on gentle range of motion exercises after 6 weeks for my C1-C2 fusion after that we worked on strengthening.
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