Today I mark my 4th year since ACDF C4/5/6/7 with corpectomies of 5/6 and 6/7 and placement of biomechanical devices at 4/5,5/6,6/7,and anterior locking plate screw implants. With burst fracture of the C7 and totally destroyed right shoulder(had 4 surgeries already) and broken collar bone repaired with fixation plate and 9 screws.All that from a near death auto collision . My life 4 years later? My neck isn't totally fused ,screws on C5 and C7 are loose,I have swallowing issues , had the swallow studies test with speech therapist and the final report was "patient is judged to be at risk of aspiration"recommendations:1 soft to chew diet with thin liquids 2 effortfull swallows with solids and 3 double swallow as needed .....
Last week i saw my orthopedic surgeon who order another MRI for my shoulder( I'm still in pain and disable from my right arm) next week I have appointment with one of leading specialist for laryngeal problems in NYC and after that I will see my spine and neuro surgeons , they operated on my neck together . 2nd spinal surgery is on the horizon and i think soon,very soon. How I live my days?? Opana ER 10mg 2x, Oxycodone IR 10mg 2x, Ibuprofen 800mg 3x , Neurontin 300mg 3x , Zanaflex 4mg 2x ,Wellbutrin 100mg 2x and Klonopin 0,5mg as needed up to 3x a day . Pain , misery , depression , no interest for anything in life,some times it takes me even weeks to come out of the house and now I'm loosing my mind just by thinking that I'm going to start the same thing all over again..... I hope is not the beginning of the end.
Nick, ACDF C4/5/6/7
2011 ACDF C 4/5/6/7.
2011 repaired sternum with fixation plate and 9 screws.
4/2011,3/2012,11/2012 and 6/2013 Rotator cuff surgeries.
1/6/2016 revision ACDF C4/5/6/7, plus fusing the level above that C 3-4.