I'm new here, . Quick history. Hit by a car while biking many years ago. Landed on hood of car on my neck. Injury reversed the c curve in my neck. Avoided surgery with PT, massage and exercise until 2003. First surgery minimally invasive cord decompression. Failed after one year. Second surgery in 2005 - 2 level ACDF C5-7. Failed after two years. Third surgery Posterior fusion of C3-7 in 2008.
Now my old friends are back. Pain and numbness in both arms, neck feels like it's in a vice grip, pain radiating under my shoulder blades and best of all, the cervical headaches when I overdo it. Also a lot of strange numbness in my left calf, dizziness and other sensory issues. MRI,CT and bone scan show significant spinal cord and nerve root compression at C7-T1.
Options. Retire on disability with a ton of medication and very little activity or have surgery to extend fusion. I have elected to have another posterior fusion of C7-T1. The neurosurgeon will try to decompress cord and nerves while attaching to the prior fusion. If he isn't happy with that procedure, he will open up the prior fusion, remove the rods and replace with rods that extend from C3-T1.
So, has anyone out there had this type of revision? I know everyone is different, but I would like to know what to expect. The surgeon said that it wouldn't be nearly as bad as the prior surgery, which involved 4 or 5 lamenectomies. I'm having a lot of anxiety about this one. Thank you for your input!
Edited by Liz Veritas-Health Forum Moderator