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3 Level Cervical Fusion including Cervical Corpectomy
My name is Deb, I am 51 years old. I recently (sept 2014) had gastric bypass surgery and I have lost 100lbs. I have another 45 I would like to lose. I was hoping my significant weight loss would have helped my spine by taking some of the pressure off.
In 2001 I had my L5/S1 fused. I had a Spondiolothesis and collapsed disc. That surgery was absolutely brutal. They had to go back in 18 months later and remove the hardware and removed some additional bone to relieve pressure off the nerve. I was in terrible pain until 2005 when I had a nuerostimular implanted. That device gave me my life back!
In 2003 I started having terrible neck pain. I had an MRI at that time and I was told I had degenerative disc disease and severe arthritis in my C6/C7. Of course there was no way I was going to do another fusion after my lumbar experience. Instead I went to physical therapy, had epidural injections and trigger point injections to help with the pain. I have been getting severe headaches that creep up the back of my neck and then they trigger a full on migraine. That has been going on for years. Well in the last 12 months the epidurals stopped working completely and PT seemed to aggravate my condition.
After my bypass surgery I became much more active and my neck suffered the consequences. I finally broke down and went to see my surgeon back in February. Because of my neurostimulator I cannot have an MRI so he ordered a ct scan to start. When I got the results I was told I have spinal stenosis, spondylosis, bone spurs. It radiates down my left arm, shoulder and I have weakness.
My surgeon the ordered a Mylogram. I got the results of that test on Monday. We learned that the stenosis is severe in two levels and I also have cord flattening.
They are going to do a 3 level cervical spinal fusion with a Corpectomy in my C5. They will fuse C4 through C7.
To say I am nervous is an understatement.
I am wondering if I need to worry about my gastric bypass having a negative impact on my ability to heal. My diet is high protein low carb and I have been doing exceptionally well. I get the protein required to stay healthy currently but I am curious if anyone else out there has had a similiar procedure after bypass. If so, what advice can you give me.
Also if you have experience with the Corpectomy, please advise. The more I read on this procedure the more nervous I get. I am trying very hard to remain positive because I believe I recover better when I stay positive.
Thanks so much for your help!