so I’m 4 weeks post-op for a posterior cervical fusion from C4-T1, this was a revision of a previous anterior cervical fusion C4-C7 that was done about 1 1/2 years prior.
I’ve noticed that my shoulder heights are different and now I can see and feel a very sharp end of my collar bone on my right shoulder. The left seems as it was prior to surgery, but the right is painful to touch and visibly looks “pokey” and it also feels sharp. My left shoulder seems to be sitting at a normal pre-operative height, but my right shoulder drops down. It’s so noticeable that you can see the difference while I’m wearing a shirt. It’s even more noticeable in a tank top or sans clothing.
Has anyone that had a posterior operation experienced the same thing? Did it ever return to normal? I really hate the way it looks and I feel like Quasimodo!
I see my doctor in two more weeks and will be sure to ask about this, but wanted to ask here to see if anyone else has experienced the same sort of changes after surgery. I know they cut and dissected a lot of muscle from my spine, and it just seems like maybe they didn’t put them back quite right. Or maybe it’s possible I have a dislocated collar bone? Would that be painful? I am experiencing a fair amount of post-op pain, so I’m not certain that I would notice any extra pain that would be caused by a dislocated collar bone.
If anyone else has experienced a similar thing I’d love to hear about it, and what the outcome was. In the meantime, I do plan on calling my doc and asking tomorrow. Just in case it’s a time sensitive thing and I shouldn’t be waiting for my appointment to address it.
I’ll add an update here if I get an answer. But I’d appreciate hearing anyone else’s experiences too. Thanks.