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I just got the great news that my fusion has taken very well and the C5/C6 area is now one bone! My Operation was only a little over 2 months ago.

:)

For what it's worth my operation was August 14th, 2006

1) ACDF C5/C6
2) OWN BONE
3) NO HARDWARE
4) PHILLY COLLAR 2 MONTHS
5) SOFT COLLAR FOR SLEEPING
6) I USED A HOSPITAL BED WITH BACK AND LEG LIFT at home
7) I WENT BACK TO WORK FROM MY HOUSE THE SAME WEEK AS OPERATION
8) NO THROAT PAIN
9) NO HIP PAIN (B0NE GRAF SIGHT)
10) ALL NUMBING IS GONE
11) NO PAIN AT THIS TIME. :blob_fire

I had severe cord compression, buldged herniated disc, numbing in both legs, hands, arms, shoulders and face. I feel like a 20 year old now. While any surgery should be debated long and hard.... this was a no brainer. The surgery post op: I had very litttle pain. My neck was sore for 3 weeks but it started feeling good by one month. While i did work, I used a headset and laptop from the hospital bed. I had zero issues typing. (except spelling ;)

I wish everybody luck and hope their surgery is a success like mine. To think I can ski and ride my Harley again.... off to the sunset.

Cheers.

Cameron
Hello.

I had numbing in my feet. Not a lot of pain.... but numbing. To be honest I don't recall what the NS said about the numbing feet???? My only area that was fused was C5/C6. Full blown cord compression. I think I'm very lucky not to have more lingering issues. I realize that this is still early in game, but at this point I feel great. I have some sore spots in my neck muscles after PT, but I get no Arm pain and no feet numbimg.

While a very serious surgery, I can't believe how quick the recovery was. I don't want to give anyone false hope, but I'm the other side of the coin that rarely get's talked about online. It's unfortunate but most internet sites only have negative feedback. I glad to state that there is some success as well!

I will continue to take it easy for another 6-12 months and then get on with my skiing, skating, tae kwon do and riding my Harley. A funny story. Prior to my surgery I had my 1989 FL 80 Harley chromed and painted. I had the gas drained and brought the bike into our living room. I used the bike and riding again, as motivation to get better and carry on with things i love.

:)

I wish you and eveyone else the best of luck.





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