I totally agree about
the difference between having the surgery for mechanical issues and pain issues...The Neurosurgeon where I had my 3rd cervical fusion (360), was very honest with me that we had to go back in this last time to repair immediately the damage that was done by the 2nd surgeon..and that it wasn't going to have any major reduction in pain at this point..I was extremely grateful for that honesty..
When I had my first surgery..I truly thought that I was fixed forever...that Dr...who was head of Neurosurgery...was fantastic..but didn't discuss those things with me that there could be failure...maybe because I was early 30's and didn't smoke..he thought the odds were better...but my bone, which was from my hip..didn't herniate...it actually disappeared....reabsorbed back into my body....happens in a small percentage of people...so the spine collapsed on itself in those two levels...
I do try to tell people to have this surgery as the very last resort..and that the research shows it's only 50% effective for pain...that they should go in eyes wide
open...I didn't even know until reading the boards that this was an elective surgery for some people...that is really interesting to me...
For me..I won't have another one unless not doing so would cause permanent damage and my Dr. insisted it was medically necessary..just like my other ones.
SB and "the pup who snores loudly"
ACDF C5-C7, (no hardware), with autograft bone Nov. 2001
(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha"))
ACDF with hardware, allograft bone Nov. 2005
Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Dec 2006