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Doc said I would have mobility after fusion of T1-C2?

Doc has recommended I have posterior cervical fusion of T1-C2.  He said I would have full range of motion.  Is that possible?  Anyone experienced loss of ROM?  Doesn't make sense to me.  The bones are being fused!

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  • Welcome 2Brussels we’re glad you’re here!

    I am fused C4-C7, surgery was 2 years ago, I have almost full range of motion, the only thing I really notice is I am not able to turn my head fully to the left.

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    Chip 

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  • Thanks!  I read all the proposed recommendations and they provided much info.  Did you use an ortho or near?

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  • I used an orthopedic spine specialist.

    Chip

  • Are you sure it is t1 all the way to c2? That means c2 c3 c4 c5 c6 c7 and t1... That is your entire cervical + 1st part of thoracic spine!  I can't imagine full rom. Rather zero rom. I have c6 c7 fused and have lost a bit of rom.

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  • Also,  judging by your name, are you from Belgium?

  • I'm fused from C2 to T10, yes every level in between.  My head motion is about 50 percent both rotation and up/down.  That is what I was told by my neurosurgeon to expect and that is also what medical web sites said to expect.  When the C0/C1 and C1/C2 joints are relatively healthy, around 50 percent of cervical motion comes from those two levels.

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