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Failed ACDF 5-7 now scheduled for posterior laminectomy and latereal mass instrumentation

I have a failed two level ACDF C5-7. Now next week I am scheduled to have a laminectomy at C-4 with lateral mass instrumentation at C5-7. I'm very nervous. Not really sure what to expect. The ACDF, I felt was a breeze to recover from. However once my bones collapsed into the cages and severe elbow, and leg pain started, I knew something was wrong. I haven't been back to work in over a year. I'm a 36 year old mother with two young children. This ordeal has left me depressed with anxiety. Anyone out there have a posterior surgery similar to the one I'm having? I haven't read great recovery stories, I'm confident in my surgeon, just a bit nervous. Oh, I said that already.


  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,111
    The same as yours just more levels. I was scared to death of this surgery all the horror stories that i was told and the things the surgeon told me. I am not going to say it is a easy recovery , the muscles get pretty angry. Walk , walk and walk is all I can say to keep the muscles from getting worse. I like you have had previous surgeries on my neck, 4 of them. and then it all collapsed. I was scared to death I felt them collapse and was taken to the er. Of course I was treated like a drug seeker till my xrays came back, the er doc walks in my room and says "are your ears burning because we were out there talking about you like a dog until we saw the xray. He says the good news we are giving you a shot of morphine bad news your surgeon wants to see you in his office upstrairs" When I woke up my surgeon was sitting in a chair waiting for me to wake up. I asked what the heck did you do to me? He stated just as we talked about. I forced myself to walk that night, On the 3rd day the doc asked if I thought I could go home , which I did. The hardest part of this surgery for the first few weeks is getting up from a laying down position, I would give a warrior cry every time I would get up , I gave up and had my dr. order a hospital bed .Once i was up I was good. Have good pillows fpr support. Good luck keep us posted.
  • Thank you Susan! I will see if a hospital bed can be ordered. With workers comp, it's always a fight unfortunately. Funny story, I went to pre-op today and three nurses came by and they all said, hey I remember you. You're funny with anesthesia. I hope I'm on for your recovery. I remember none of it, but apparently there was a very handsome doctor that I couldn't stop talking to or about. I will keep you updated.
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  • So, now I am recovering and have a seroma on my scar. Got it drained yesterday and woke up feeling worse than I did when I had surgery.....help!
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