Welcome, Friend!

It looks like you're new here. If you want to get involved, click one of these buttons!


Quick Start Forum Video Tutorial

Protect anonymity
We strongly suggest that members do not include their email addresses. Once that is published , your email address is available to anyone on the internet , including hackers.

All discussions and comments that contain an external URL will be automatically moved to the spam queue. No external URL pointing to a medical web site is permitted. Forum rules also indicate that you need prior moderator approval. If you are going to post an external URL, contact one of the moderators to get their approval.
There are no medical professionals on this forum side of the site. Therefore, no one is capable or permitted to provide any type of medical advice.
This includes any analysis, interpretation, or advice based on any diagnostic test

The main site has all the formal medical articles and videos for you to research on.

Just Had Artificial Disc Replacement in Neck on 1-15-16

TisiphonieTTisiphonie Posts: 2
edited 01/16/2016 - 9:04 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I'm a 38 year old woman and have read a lot of stories on this forum and promised myself if I had the surgery I would come on here and update for those who were curious. Prior to surgery I could not lift my left arm past zombie height and I had pins and needles, tingling, pinching and some pain radiating down the left side to the shoulder and down the left arm to the elbow and frequent headaches. Not a lot of pain, mostly weird sensations and loss of motion. An MRI confirmed a severely herniated disc pressing on the spinal cord. After two bouts of PT, including the McKenzie method, I was told surgery was my only option and it was a 50-50 chance of getting arm motion back (I had waited too long because the symptoms started 3 days after I brought home my baby).

I had the Bryan disc replacement at C5-C6 yesterday (Friday, 1/15/16) morning at 7:30. Surgery took about 3 hours. Recovery room was about 2 hours but honestly it was that long because I had to wait for someone to take me to my hospital room. I was mostly lucid and feeling pretty good out of surgery, very tired, and sore, but okay. The bandage on my neck was the most annoying (and still is) because it's tight with the tape. Pain was minimal, all pinching, tingling, etc. is gone. I do not have the use of the left arm any more than I did before but I was told that may take time if I get it back. I spend the day and overnight in the hospital and came home this morning. No brace or collar needed, just help to the bathroom from the nurse. They checked my vitals and gave me an IV with some meds while I was there - antibiotics mostly.

I am currently only on one Norco for pain relief every 4 hours. I could take more but I am nursing and doing okay on one. I am sore, but not in excruciating pain. I start a steroid burst pack tomorrow morning.

I wanted anyone to know who was considering this surgery that it wasn't that bad for me at all. I'm healthy, not a smoker or drinker and no other health issues and came through the surgery great. I just wolfed down a bagel if that tells you anything about what I can eat :) I hope this helps someone!


  • LizLiz Posts: 9,519
    edited 01/16/2016 - 9:04 PM
    Please take the time to read this post and refer to it when you have questions

    I am sure that you will find your time on Spine-Health very rewarding. This site is a powerful and integrated system that is dynamic and growing.
    Here are just some of the highlights that are available as tabs on the main Spine-Health menu bar

    Spine-Health Main Menu Tabs

    Conditions Detailed medical libraries of articles and videos that address almost every spinal condition.
    Treatment List of treatments to the conditions identified by Spine-Health.
    Wellness Section contains articles, tips and videos to help patients after surgery and also to help people avoid surgery.
    Medical Articles
    Pain Forums These are the forums you will be using
    Find A Doctor This provides with a method to search for doctors in various locations.
    Videos Index to all Spine-Health Videos

    As a bonus, Spine-Health provides these patient forums. Here you can meet thousands of people who understand and can relate to your situation. You will soon become part of the Spiney family[/u] who provide comfort and the advantages of a support system. You are now part of this family that is approximately 27,00 international members and growing daily.


    - It is very important to understand the Forum Rules to make sure all of your posts[u] do not violate any of the rules.[/u]

    - All new members must read our FAQ in order to understand the layout of the forums, how to navigate through the forums, helpful terms, how to make effective threads and posts, plus a link index to many of the important medical forums and key medical articles on Spine-Health Forum FAQ

    I am positive any member, new or old will find this Chroinc Pain - Step by Step thread very valuable.

    Here are some links that all new members need to review to create effective threads and more

    Read before you post
    More Info Tips for Newcomers
    Understanding the rules

    All of this will help make your threads better and improve the times and quality of responses you will receive.

    You can also find Spine-Health on these Social Networks

    Facebook www.facebook.com/spinehealth
    Pinterest http://pinterest.com/spinehealth/boards/
    Twitter https://twitter.com/SpineHealth

    If you have any questions or need assistance, you can use the private message facility to[u] contact any one of the Spine-Health Moderators




    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • SongJinSSongJin Arizona Posts: 287
    Thanks for your post, and I'm glad you're doing well--I'm looking at having a replacement done on the same C5/6 disc on 2/29/16. Keep us posted on how you're doing!
  • advertisement
  • Doing okay this morning, was able to sleep fine. Still only on one Norco and eating great and it's a bit hard to chase after the 3.5 year old and 1 year old so I have help here, but otherwise doing pretty good considering! I will continue to update :D
  • SongJinSSongJin Arizona Posts: 287
    Tisiphonie said:
    Doing okay this morning, was able to sleep fine. Still only on one Norco and eating great and it's a bit hard to chase after the 3.5 year old and 1 year old so I have help here, but otherwise doing pretty good considering! I will continue to update :D
    Glad to hear it! Best wishes for continuing recovery!
  • Did you have trouble swallowing? I am 5 days out...c6 c7
  • advertisement
Sign In or Register to comment.