I went to my orthopaedic surgeon for my pre-op appointment on Friday, and after discussing my options with him, and what the neurosurgeon had said on Tuesday, it was decided that they are only going to fix the cracked fusion and replace the loose hardware at this time, and go in from the front again. The risk is higher to do it that way, because of the existing scar tissue from the last operation, but since I'm not experiencing any symptoms from the other 2 bad discs yet, it was decided that they will just leave them alone right now. If I do develop symptoms, then they will go in from the back and fuse all of the vertebra from C3 to T1 and I'll lose half of my head and neck motion because of it. If they went in from the back this time to only fix the one problem, the next time they would have to go through a lot more scar tissue, and the risks double again, not to mention the pain. The surgery from the front, at least the first time, was not painful at all. I hurt worse at my hip where they took the donor bone from to place in my neck, which they are going to do again too. I'm hoping that this time it doesn't hurt too much worse than last time. They tell me that the surgery from the back of the neck is extremely painful, and I've had my share of that for this century .
So on Tuesday the 10th, I go in for a repair job, and I'm finally going to have all my loose screws tightened! LOL