Hangman's Fracture After ADR
In 2010 I had a 3 level cervical disc replace (c3-6). Life was great afterwards, playing tons of tennis, doing yoga and Pilates, and then on August 8, 2015 I tripped on 2 steps while searching for my Fit Bit. I had fractured C1, C2 and C3. I was put in a Halo for 3 1/2 months. No one could fix my neck, no one knew HOW. USUALLY YOUR DEAD, if you have fractured C1. My options were limited. Fusing my skull to the C4 was my option in the States. I called the best surgeons in Chicago, John Hopkins, and Emory University. They all said the same thing - basically become Frankenstein. I Skyped with Prof. Dr. Bertagnoli and he explained how he could fix my neck. Cages, rods, screws. But I would have some movement. I am 2 and a half months post op and I am feeling better each day. I can turn my neck about 30 degrees from side to side and completely up and down. Again he saved my life. He and his entire staff are amazing. So caring. He was confident and helped calm my nerves. I literally owe him my life (TWICE!).