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1 year post op Neck Fusion Surgery question

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  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,109
    Almost the same situation as you. I had broken screws, notice I said screws in the plural and one backing out. All this was causing the plate to backout and press against my esophagus, causing my surgeon to fear of perforating the esophagus. Off to surgery I went. They had to remove all my hardware and break away all the old fusion ( most of the fusion did not take) and build my neck over again. My surgeon had told me if I had fused the broken screws would be no big deal and removal of just the hardware would of been easy. Hopefully everything will turn out good for you. Good luck
    Susan
  • ravenr2- Please let us know how your surgery went. I am looking at another surgery after a year an a half, as I am continuing to have cervical nerve issues. Best wishes for a successful removal of hardware and speedy recovery.
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  • Dear Raven,
    You are probably recovering now and I hope everything has been smooth so far!
    We are thinking about you.

    Im really new to Spine Health and will have the same levels as you fused in a month.
    /Vic
    Cause: car accident & genetics
    Effect: herniations C4-7, stenosis, osteoarthritis, myelopathy, neuropathy
    Non-invasive Treatment: everything under the sun
    Invasive Treatment: 2 level ACDF, C5 & C6, May 2012
    Moving Forward: SCS
  • Hi Raven,
    I hope your surgery went well! Rest lots and let us know how things went when you get a chance.
    Monica
    April 2011 C1-C2 Fusion (Brooks wiring)
    January 2012 C1-C2 Revision Fusion (Harms Technique)
    2010 - current: Trigger Point Injections, Epidural Injections, Bilateral C2-C3 Radiofrequency Ablations
  • My apologies for not posting in a few weeks. I was due to have surgery last thursday, however I ran into complications. I had a high fever and the anesthesiologist wouldn't administer. I went to my pcp and he gave me levaquin (never again will i take that). After 2 days of having a malaise feeling, I called him (pcp). I ended up getting a migraine from it (Levaquin) and he said no need to continue. I had to monitor my temp all week. It was fluctuating from a 89.6 to 99.2.

    Then I took my temp at home, before surgery yesterday, and had a 89.9.

    Arrived at surgical center with my hubby and my dad. Went into the recovery area, and they took my temp again to be safe. My temp was 100.5. They took it 4 more times and fluctuated from 100.5 to 101. I told them what I had done at home. They went through the meds my dr gave me and all. My surgeon came out to talk to me and I told him what was going on and that I wanted the hardware out immediately. He told me he was not concerned as they were going to give me antibiotic in my IV.

    They did just that. I came out of recovery around 4:30 yesterday feeling, well better. The only thing that hurt and still goes is the incision in front my throat and my vocal cords. My surgeon, after inspecting the hardware, spoke to my dad and hubby in the waiting room, and told them that the locking mechanism in the cage cracked and the screws were coming out that way! He asked if I had fallen or anything and they both said no. I didn't. He was baffled. He is having the hardware inspected by a lab they deal with to see if what went wrong. I had asked my surgeon if I can have the hardware and screws, he said he can make that request by the lab, but is not sure if they will.

    After he went into the waiting room, his asst (god love her :) ) asked me how I was feeling. I told her i was feeling much pain. I have a high level of pain tolerance, but I couldn't stand it. They gave me Vicodin in my IV and the pain in my neck was gone in a matter of minutes and I didn't feel groggy or tired! I only had incision pain. The nurse told me that they kept checking my temp and it went from almost 101 back down to normal! She said that the titanuim could have reacted that way to my body being that it cracked. She didn't tell me it cracked, but my hubby and told me when I left. My surgeon did a great job and he is the best! I never felt soo comfortable :). All in all the surgery couldn't have gone better :). I did very well.

    All in all I have to say, I feel better since they took the hardware out! I am feeling no pain in my neck at all, just the incision area in the from of my throat and vocal cords. I was given clindamycin 600mg to take today 3 times (8 hour) to prevent infection and Vicodin if I feel any pain.

    All in all the hardware removal surgery went very well better than the original surgery. The time it took for the hardware to come out was only 30 min!

    Whomever needs to get their hardware out or is thinking of doing it, I highly recommend it. If there is pain, get it out. The only thing I would say from my experience last night and today, is the swallowing is not that bad, it is more like a severe sore throat but I am able to eat soft foods and drink cool things. The incision and my vocal cords hurt, but it is to be expected.


    Rest, rest and more rest :)

    Thank you all for caring and it is nice to know that all of you are on here :). Hugs to each and every one of you. If any of you need to talk, please feel free to pm me or do a friend request.
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  • susabellssusabell Illinois Posts: 241
    To hear that everything went well for you! I hope your throat feels better which each coming day! Yes rest you have been through a lot. Keep us updated when you can. ;-)
    ACDF C4-C7 5/13/2010. Synthetic Bone Graft Failed Fusion.
    PCF C4-C7 8/13/13. Rods and Screws Fused in 3 Months with Autograft.
    C6-C7 Spineous process Surgically Shaved Off 3/11/14.
    Sciatica 3/11/16 Left Leg prescribed Medrol Pack 6 days also Physical Therapy.
  • That hardware needed to come out!
    Glad u are doing ok, and starting to feel better.

    /Vic
    Cause: car accident & genetics
    Effect: herniations C4-7, stenosis, osteoarthritis, myelopathy, neuropathy
    Non-invasive Treatment: everything under the sun
    Invasive Treatment: 2 level ACDF, C5 & C6, May 2012
    Moving Forward: SCS
  • Hi All,

    I am feeling a little better than yesterday. I am still having little pain in incision site and swallowing has gotten a little better. I am feeling a little discomfort in my neck,but no pain..yet hehe. I sat outside a little today because the weather here in NJ is simply gorgeous :).

    I got a call from my surgeon asst to see how I was doing yesterday. She told me the dressing for the incision site can come off tuesday. I can take it off myslef. She knows how I am with washing and she said try not to get the area wet at all lol. I managed to take a nice bath with so much water to fill my legs. I washed my hair with one of those caps that have the shampoo and conditioner mixed in. I put that in my microwave to warm up and I am using this for a few days. Not exactly the way I clean my hair, but it will do for a few days lol.

    Last night I had lots of excuse the grotesqueness, phlegm. I kept coughing and coughing and my voice was gone lol. I ate some Martin's Watermelon Italian ice and my hubby and son got me ice cream :). The cold from the Italian ice and ice cream did wonders :). This morning I was coughing a little but not like yesterday. I can swallow better and I can talk again lol! But I try not talk too much otherwise ill loose it again lol. I even tried to lay down a bit, and did for only 20 min lol. I guess im stubburn lol like my mom.

    It is funny friends of mine are on facebook complaining they feel sick or have a cold and are in bed. I'm like really? Really!! I just had my hardware removed and frontal incision discomfort and your sick?! lol. Some people just make me mad. Of all the people who should be resting, it is me lol. I just laugh when I hear people complain about a little cold or sinus problems. They would never be able to handle what me and the rest of us went through. They would want every pain medication imaginable lol. I guess some of us are stronger than we really know. Others will never what true pain really means!

    Day by day im getting better. And the pain is minimal :).





  • Raven2,

    I am so glad to hear that your surgery was a success! And that you are feeling so good! Keep up the good work.

    I feel the same as you about people complaining about how sick they are, etc. My favorite is when I am out running errands (wearing my brace of course) and someone stops me and tells me they know just how I feel because they slept on their neck wrong and had to wear a neck brace for a day. Right...... :)

    Keep us posted on how you are feeling, and you are definitely in my thoughts!

    Monica
    April 2011 C1-C2 Fusion (Brooks wiring)
    January 2012 C1-C2 Revision Fusion (Harms Technique)
    2010 - current: Trigger Point Injections, Epidural Injections, Bilateral C2-C3 Radiofrequency Ablations
  • I know Monica :). I am doing much better today. I actually got in my car and went to a local grocery store. Bad idea! I think I pushed myself a bit to far today lol. It was a short trip, but I am not ready yet to drive. I rather not until I am comfortable again lol. The surgeon said there is no restrictions, but I rather take it slow. At least until I have my follow up appointment with my surgeon next week, I am going to take it slow at the moment.

    I am able to swallow better and started to eat more. Like chicken and garlic mashed potatoes for dinner tonight. And my fav dessert ice cream :). I will be having that before bed lol.

    I am still pissed I cant shower. The shampoo cap made my hair look gross and feel yucky.

    I had my incision dressing on since thursday and havent showered just bathed. Maybe one of you can help me on this one as I forgot what I did last time. Is it safe for me to shower as the incision site is covered with the dressing. I do have extra patches to change along with post op tape that I bought at CVS last week if it gets wet. My surgeon assistant told me friday to take the dressing off by tuesday. She told me don't shower or get the site wet. I want to shower soo badly it is really bothering me lol. Can I shower now that it sunday almost monday?

    When I had my initial ACDF surgery and had my brace on, I used to get the same thing. I used to just look at the people really stupidly and say you have to be kidding me? lol.

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