Had my operation on 4th December 2013 and it took some 6 hours plus. As far as I know Surgeons did a revision posterior cervical fusion C2 to T3 with BMP and Right C4/5 + C6/7 foraminotomy. I was discharged from hospital on 13th December 2013 and had clips removed on 16th but the following days were very painful and I had to call out my GP on 24th as large swelling developed at top of wound. This apparently was infection under the skin and I was given 14 days supply of flucoxacillin but this had no effect so I was given penicillin to take in addition and at long last on 10th January 2014 the infection seems to be leaving my system. I am also taking for pain oral morphine and gabapentin. Sleeping has been almost impossible due to position of infection so most of my sleeping is done during the day on a riser/recliner chair!
Surgeon said he was very pleased with outcome of operation so far but that it would be a lengthy recovery period for me. My neck movement is now severely restricted but I am assured that I shall be okay to drive at end of January 2014. This I am told will be my last spine operation.
Previous ops - revision to TKR right knee 2000 and TKR left knee 2006. PLIF L4/5/S1 and rebuild 2008. ACDF C3/4 and C4/5 2010. Posterior lateral mass fixation C5/6/7 2011 - had to be done twice in 3 days as screws etc became loose.