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Hi Nancy,

Thanks so much for writing. It seems that everyone who has responded to me so far is expressing one (or more) of my feelings. I think that this surgeon is OVERLY CAUTIOUS in addition to wanting to ensure her own success. (And I also thought the same thing you did about my neck being mush. I even mentioned that to a couple of people tonight. The doctor is so concerned with the fusion, but it seems to be at the expense of my neck muscles!)

Tonight I paid $25.00 for a two-year online subscription to Top Doctors. I was not surprised to find my doctor there; however, the doctor I am considering for a second opinion is also there! My husband's cousin had surgery with him almost 8 years ago. She is doing great--and didn't go through the torture I did. My mother-in-law already told me that she will pay for me to see him if my insurance won't allow it! I'm really glad he's a Top Doctor. I won't worry so much if he disagrees with mine!

By the way, I found out today that my surgery was not exactly what I thought. Instead of removing an entire vertebra and the discs above and below, the surgeon removed a piece of the C4 vertebral body, a piece of the C5 vertebral body, and the C4-5 disc. I don't know if that is better or worse than what I had originally thought. (I am right that it was a corpectomy and not a discectomy, though.)

I am waiting to hear from Davy. (Davy, if you read this, can you tell me how "fused" you were on Nov.11?)

Nancy, how are YOU? You know that we are all so worried about you. You know what they say about a little knowledge being a dangerous thing. I am hoping that you have misread your MRI and that you are ok.

Thanks again for being here for me.


Anterior Cervical Corpectomy (not just discectomy); own bone from left iliac crest; titanium plate with 4 screws. Wearing an Evil Miami JTO (not just J) killer contraption.

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