Hello. My daughter is 6 years old and will be having occipital reconstruction and occipital to cervical fusion surgery later this year. The surgeons have not told me what C level the rods will be going down to yet. My daughter had a sarcoma on her occiput and the surgeons had to remove most of her occipital bone. I will be meeting with the surgeons soon to discuss planning for her surgery. What sorts of questions should I ask? Are we supposed to avoid anti-inflammatories while the bones fuse? I am worried about the bone donor site, I think they are looking at her leg bones. We think she will be in a halo for 3 months post surgery to allow her grafts to heal. Has anyone else experienced this? Halo is not new to us, we were in one for 12 months, but I am wondering if we could get by with an aspen collar instead as it would be less traumatic.