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Protrusion of the C7 and C6 screw posterior to the vertebrae

lcmcdonaldllcmcdonald Posts: 8
edited 09/13/2015 - 5:19 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hello, I had a second opinion as I have not gotten better from my ACDF surgery. I still have arm numbness and neck pain and developed numbness from my knees to toes.

Another surgeon reviewed my most recent x-ray and said their is a sleigh protrusion of the C7 and C6 screw posterior to the vertebrae. What does that mean? Has anyone else had this? Does that mean my screws are coming out?


  • TWynnBTTWynnB Posts: 280
    edited 09/14/2015 - 11:44 AM
    Posterior means the back side, which for the ACDF would be the spinal canal. Does this mean the screw is protruding into the cord? I would think he'd want to urgently be scheduling surgery to get that thing out if that was happening. I had a friend that had the plate (and screws) out that since she was fused already, it was a "fast" surgery and she recovered very well, if that has to happen to you.
    Interesting case - let us know what happens!

    ACDF w/Corpectomy C3-6 12/8/14 ; Laminectomy C3-6  5/19/2016

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