... Is the broken hardware causing any symptoms? If it is, I would want a second opinion on getting it out to remove any compression the broken hardware may be causing. The alternative to the posterior revision suggested would be another anterior fusion by replacing the hardware and fusing both levels c4/5 and c5/6. If there aren't any symptoms I would want a second opinion... (5 replies)
... Hey there T66 this is some good info.
I had C4-T1 posterity & C4-C7 done last year. And I have 2 broken screws as well. Both of my surgeons have said that they prefer to leave them in there for now. Even though the T1 level failed to fuse. All other levels fused and I also had another fusion of C3/4 done early September.
Aservin, do you know by chance the manufacturer... (5 replies)
... Hi everyone,
Like with most of you it's been a long journey with neck problems and related pain. I went to multiple surgeons last year (wrote about my experience here) and got so many different answers my head was spinning. A year later I did another circuit at the recommendation of my Physiatrist.
Still got a couple of different answers, #1 said three level fusion... (4 replies)
I'm sorry about my confusion. I don't think right. I am posting the results below and can you tell me what you think? **************
There are 3 MRI's below, the 2 lumbar ones are combined in one report of the Lumbar.
Since the prior MRI from 9/13/2013, status post interval lumbar instrumentation
and fusion from L1 through L5 with... (26 replies)
... up that confirmed your fusion actually fused, right? ... (6 replies)
... related to anterior spinal fusion hardware at the C6 and C7 levels. ... (6 replies)
... Hiya Fool! Relax and wait to see the neurosurgeon. He is the expert you need to determine what you need. Getting yourself all worked up is not what you or those babies need. I had my first back surgery at 32 and it was a laminectomy of L5/S1. I was good for 20 yrs after that, but I will tell you there were still times after that when I over did it and paid for it pain wise.... (2 replies)
... If you have a herniated disc and you have been dealing with it for 15 yrs. I think it's time to get a good idea of what is wrong and then surgically fix it. I herniated L5/S1 28 yrs. ago and know what that pain is like. We tried everything from injections to therapy and it worked for a short time. Finally had a Laminectomy done and they found a piece of the disc imbedded in... (5 replies)
... Hi , I'm hoping I can find some treatment options. I've had spinal fusion on c5-6, c6-7 February 2013. I was injured while walking into work last November - hit by a large glass automatic door that right side gave way slamming me into a crowd of people.
Symptoms shortly returned and I find myself in pain every single day. Loosing the feeling in my hand, arm and wrist pain.... (0 replies)
... Here is what the MRI report says
There are no relevant examinations for comparison. The patient is status post
cervical fusion at C4-C5 and C5-C6.. There is a susceptibility artifact from the
metallic fusion. At C3-C4 there is however a central disc herniation with
ventral impression on the cervical cord. There are no significant cervical cord
signal abnormalities in... (10 replies)
... teteri66 can you explain the last sentence on the report that says Small central disc protrusion and annular disc osteophyte complex at C6-7? (3 replies)
... Thank you and you've made total sense out of this for me. Reason being, what I was thinking you put into words for me. But I wasn't sure.
I had a 2 level fusion on C4-C5 and C5-C6 only 2 & 1/2 yrs. ago because the vertebras collapsed and were pressing on the spinal cord and the fluid wasn't flowing hardly at all. The Nero surgeon who did the surgery said I may or may not... (3 replies)
... ce that although I did see some relief after the first fusion, it only lasted a few years then things got worse. I don't want to be slowly turned into a 2X4 with fusion after fusion. ... (5 replies)
... I have been having headaches and neck pain for. Few months now so the surgeon who performed my most recent lumbar fusion ordered an MRI to see what was going on. I received a copy of my MRI today and hope somebody can tell me what it all means. ... (3 replies)
... c4 fusion in May of 2012 for herniated discs crushing my spinal cord. I went in at 7 am and went home at 5 PM. ... (26 replies)
... Thanks Chuck, you've explained a lot. I don't have an appt. with my surgeon until Aug. 13 and will be sure to go over everything in detail with him.
Yea, the numbness & tingling in my arms & hands never go away & most of the time it's worse in the left and my wrist hurts too.
As for the other symptoms you asked about, I do have some pain & numbness in the upper thigh... (10 replies)
... That is strange since the point of a fusion is to prevent that from happening and lend stability. ... (10 replies)
... Ruffdogster & ChuchStr
Not only cervical but there seems to be a thoracic problem too. Here is that MRI report....any comments...please do
Anterior cervical fusion is again identified at C4-5 and C5-6 levels. At T6-T7
there is a right paracentral disc protrusion with ventral impression on the
thecal sac. At the T6 level there is dorsal impression on the thoracic cord... (10 replies)
... Thanks Ruffdogster,
I appreciate the info. Yes I am having problems with neck pain and tingling & numbness. Just like before the 1st surgery in 2011. That is one of the reasons for recent MRI's I had. To find out what's going on in my neck. I am worried I'll need another surgery and it upsets me too because the Dr I went to was a Ortho & he said to do all 4 levels. The Dr... (10 replies)
... Means you now have a bulging disc and bone spurs around the bones supporting said disc, below your fusion. Annular means circular, osteophyte means Bone spurs.
They say you can suffer future herniation's above or below a prior ACDF.
I am about to have a second ACDF surgery c5-6 c6-7 due to a prior ACDF of c3-4 c4-5 causing the below disc which was bulging is now herniated... (10 replies)