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Hello Jadenback,
I am sorry to hear of your father's plight. I wish I had some words of comfort to offer, because I know that we have all found this sorry state we find ourselves in very depressing. A little more information about your father might be helpful.
I was advised that because one of the facet screws had broken, but both ends of the broken bit still faced each other, that I would hopefully still recover, but it might take a year. It will be two years in February 2011 since I had the op and although I am still far from right, I can report that I am stronger than I was. I walk quite a bit, and I religiously do the exercises three times a day. I have not given up all hope of getting my life back, but I am gradually coming to terms with the fact that a full recovery is unlikely. I am taking amitryptaline each day to help with with the nerve pain. I am not sure that it helps. The feedback that seems to be coming through is that some surgeons prefer the use of pedicle screws to facet screws. This seems to be for added stability. I think we can also be misled into thinking that we will recover very quickly. I really thought that I would be back on my board in three months! This operation is still major surgery. Plaza Player's comment that you will tend to hear more of the failures with the procedure on this forum is also quite plausible. Anyway, do give us some feedback.
I responded really just to say that I have made some progress, rather than none, and I am clinging on to this in the hope that I might continue to get better!

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