It appears you have not yet Signed Up with our community. To Sign Up for free, please click here....

Spinal Cord Disorders Message Board

Spinal Cord Disorders Board Index

I decided to go ahead with a posterior fusion of C3-7 with rod and screw fixation and foraminotomies at C4-7. I need some hope for getting my life back. Anyone with experience with this procedure, I would love to hear from you. I know it is not an easy one.

My higher level of pain and numbness started 6 months ago, 2 years after my ACDF at C5-7. This fusion is now showing motion, so it has failed. I also had a foraminotomy and microendicscopic discectomy at C5-7 with Dr. Jho(ke) two years prior. That surgery only worked for about a year and actually made things worse.

I researched the posterior fusion scheduled for the 13th. It looks like about a 72% success rate for improvement of "symptoms", of course the fusion rate is much higher. I really like my current NS. He takes time to answer my questions and is a caring person. He did not push me into the procedure. He said that it usually comes down to your activity level (lack of) and lifestyle just not being tolerable anymore.

I feel like my world of what I can do is becoming smaller each day. I need to try to get back to work and enjoying time with my family. My life is currently spent trying to avoid pain, control pain and modify my activity to not induce more pain. That is not a life!

I check this board every day and hope that everyone is having a "good as possible day". I will post back on my experience and hopefully help someone who is facing similar decisions.

Here is my experience with Dr. Jho. Like many of us, I was really concerned when Neurosurgeons started recommending fusion for my neck issues. At that time, I had herniations at C4/5,5/6 & 6/7; two contacting the cord. I also had a lot of degenerative facet changes on the right side and foramen narrowing.

I found Dr. Jho on the internet. His procedure was promising "no fusion" and a return to normal activity. I was running competitively at long distances and had hope to return to that sport.

I spent big bucks to travel to Pittsburgh with my family of four and stay in a hotel for a week. The surgery was a two level (C5/6,6/7) procedure in which he removed part of the vertebra to get to the back side of the disc. He then removed the herniated portion of the disc and decompressed the spinal cord. He also did foraminotomies at two levels to remove pressure from the nerves. I initially had a good outcome. My numbness was gone shortly after surgery. My pain was reduced by 50%, which was about what I expected. I returned to work and some running, though the pain would return if I pushed it. I didn't return to running competitively.

About one year after surgery, all of the symptoms returned and were even worse. I had an MRI and found that my herniations were worse and I had herniated another level. I finally agreed to a two level fusion. During the surgery, the surgeon had to spend one hour removing bone spurs that had formed all around the Jho surgical site. When Jho removed a portion of the disc and some of the vertebra, he had compressed the area even further and caused increased motion which generated inflammation and more bone spurs. My MRI had looked bad, but the surgeon said that the actual situation he found during surgery was much worse. I was the third Dr. Jho patient he had fused. All presented 1-2 years after the Dr. Jho surgery and were worse off.

I feel that for anyone with degenerative changes and multiple level disc disease, the Jho procedure does not make sense. We all need to evaluate all of our options. I am only one person, but if you research Dr. Jho on several of these forums, you will find many people with my story.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 08:35 PM.

© 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved.
Do not copy or redistribute in any form!