I saw my neurosurgeon, Dr. Golan, at the J.G.H. this past Tuesday for my post-op follow up. I had some concerns about new neuropathic symptoms I developed shortly after coming home from the hospital. However, they have improved considerably in the past ten days thankfully. He was not too concerned and suggested that there is likely still ongoing inflammation around the vertebrae that were fused and also possibly some irritation perhaps caused by a small remnant of the herniated disc that remained. He feels that my symptoms should pass with time.
He looked at my incision and said that it had healed nicely - and I agree, it has. When I told him where it was that I felt the “burning” sensation in my neck, he commented by saying, “Yes, that’s where the muscles were cut”. Ouch! Up until yesterday, the pain was consistent every day. But it seems I’ve turned a corner. The past two days have been much better.
I asked him if he would kindly show me the images of the CT scan I had done shortly before leaving the hospital. I wanted to see my “new neck”! Well, here they are. It’s really rather incredible to see. I’ve got 2 rods and 10 screws holding my neck together now. Unbelievable.