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    question about surgery

    i wrote on this forum a little over 1 year ago about my boyfriend (age 52) who had a C5 burst with a vertebral artery dissection, a clot, etc.

    Finally hes been cleared to have surgery. Front-Back Fusion. The procedure will be to clean up bone fragments bruising his SC, and to replace C5 C6 and C7 with a synthetic mineral matrix type of bone, then a plate will be screwed over the 3 vertebrae, then there will be 2 rods put in.

    Currently and for over a year he has been in constant unrelenting pain. But he does have full use of his arms.

    How risky is the surgery? Any pros and cons we should know?

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    I don't know about the risk factors, but if I were in constant severe pain I wouldn't hesitate to go for surgery. If you decide to take that options, I wish the best for you.

    Good luck to you both.
    ''Life's tough... it's even tougher if you're stupid!'' -- John Wayne

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    The surgeons will tell him and you but ALL surgeries of and near the spine-infection, bleeding, death, anesthesia problems, swelling and/or paralysis.

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    thank you

    its very scary but there really is no other option.

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