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    Spinal fusion

    So I destroyed the C-5 C6 vertebrae,l Never got to see my initial x-rays or other scans pre-or post injury but I had what was called a spinal fusion! Apparently involving taking a piece of bone from my hip. So that means that I have hardware in my neck right, rods and screws etc.? Also I never had a halo, does that mean I never had proper decompression?

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    There's spinal fusion with bone grafts alone.
    There's spinal instrumentation with hardware alone.
    There's spinal fusion with bone grafts and instrumentation.
    The only way you could tell would be to see your operative report or post-operative X-rays.
    A halo vest is used to immobilize, not decompress, an unstable neck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2drwhofans View Post
    There's spinal fusion with bone grafts alone.
    There's spinal instrumentation with hardware alone.
    There's spinal fusion with bone grafts and instrumentation.
    The only way you could tell would be to see your operative report or post-operative X-rays.
    A halo vest is used to immobilize, not decompress, an unstable neck.

    Oh really Thanks, come to think of it after surgery in a drug haze I was lifting my neck and they were telling me not to. Yikes

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    After I apparently annihilated C-5, did major damage to C-6, and pushed that on to C-7, I was on a Stryker frame (medieval torture device) attached to 45 pounds of traction for 2 1/2 weeks. Following that, I was in a halo vest for 11 weeks. My neck apparently only healed in one direction, so I needed a posterior fusion of C-4 to C-6, which involved bone and wires. The wires were later removed six years later, when a laminectomy of C-5 was done to look for a syrinx, because MRI scans were blocked by the wires. My spine has stayed fused.
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