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Occipital cervical fusion to c4

Hi having surgery in 7 days.Anyone on the recovering end? Wondering what life after can be? Thank you



  • i can only tell you my story but im fused from C0 to C7, most of the horror stories let up to the surgery, so if you are interested check out my posts in this forum I'm piperbill life is good and im two years out now and doing well, I drive, i am employed as a power plant mechanic full time and im now 71 years old. i have zero range of motion and have to turn from the shoulders down and cannot look down or up which make for some interesting challenges but all do able. virtually pain free and enjoying life. feel free to ask for information but know that each of us is different and i feel very good about what happened to me. take care piperbill

  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    edited 12/24/2017 - 9:47 AM

    piperbill's fusion may reflect your outcome better than what my ROM is. I was fused from C3 to C6 back in 2007 and had a posterior revision from C2 down to T3 in 2014. Stayed working after my recoveries, very active keeping fit and maintaining core strength. I do have a fair amount of ROM but that probably is because my occipital is not fused "yet". That is probably the "game changer" and the difference of the movement between piperbill and I. He is definitely an inspiration to everyone going into a cervical spine fusion journey.


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