... I am having my second ACDF 9/15 C5/6/ C6/7 My first went very well, I was in at 6am and out at 5 pm. I have a very good ortho surgeon, who I WOULD LET REMOVE MY BRAIN AND PUT IT BACK! I am not a normal patient, I believe in playing hard and usually after surgery I continue to do things some people would wait months to do. All the people who have this surgery are different and... (2 replies)
... On July 3, 2014, I had a 3 level acdf on C3-4. C4-5, and C5-6. At my 2 week checkup, my x-rays showed that the lowest level, C5-6, the hardware was not taking hold. So, I was set for another surgery one week later, July 25, 2014, to repair the hardware at that level. I have osteoporosis and very thin bone, so my doctor put in a larger plate and screws. I do not have to... (1 replies)
... I'm not a Dr but it is possible that the revision surgery caused some pressure on your spinal cord. This could cause problems with balance. Do you notice any problems with hand coordination, weakness (especially lifting your foot up stairs or tripping etc), or bowel/bladder issues? These would be further evidence of spinal cord trauma.
This can be a delicate issue to... (1 replies)
... It's not bad! The arm weakness you are experiencing are the effects of the C5-6/C6-7 bulges touching on the spinal cord and the nerves. Depending on how bad the weakness is, dictates wether or not a surgery is necessary. Speak to your Doctor and get a few other opinions and then decide what your options are.
I have had a ACDF at C3-/C4-5 levels and am about to have one... (4 replies)
... Here is what the MRI report says
There are no relevant examinations for comparison. The patient is status post
cervical fusion at C4-C5 and C5-C6.. There is a susceptibility artifact from the
metallic fusion. At C3-C4 there is however a central disc herniation with
ventral impression on the cervical cord. There are no significant cervical cord
signal abnormalities in... (10 replies)
... Thanks Ruffdogster,
I appreciate the info. Yes I am having problems with neck pain and tingling & numbness. Just like before the 1st surgery in 2011. That is one of the reasons for recent MRI's I had. To find out what's going on in my neck. I am worried I'll need another surgery and it upsets me too because the Dr I went to was a Ortho & he said to do all 4 levels. The Dr... (10 replies)
... Means you now have a bulging disc and bone spurs around the bones supporting said disc, below your fusion. Annular means circular, osteophyte means Bone spurs.
They say you can suffer future herniation's above or below a prior ACDF.
I am about to have a second ACDF surgery c5-6 c6-7 due to a prior ACDF of c3-4 c4-5 causing the below disc which was bulging is now herniated... (10 replies)
... aggravated it and was thrown back weeks in my recovery. 6 weeks after that, I was pulling on my shoe and the same thing happened. ... (4 replies)
... Hi to anyone who reads this;
I am 39yrs old female, I never had any pain :)in my neck or my shoulders, however in October of 2010 I started to have odd sensation on my right leg. My Dr. tried all sorts of things and nothing helped, in December of the same year I started to feel numbness in all of my fingers up my left hand and arm. Had MRI don in FEb of 2011 and was told I... (1 replies)
... I had an C5-6 ACDF done back in September 2006, and have been doing fine. Everything looks fused, etc.
A few days ago I woke up with neck pain (felt like when I woke up with the neck pain that lead to my surgery). I am now feeling a little tingling/pain going down my right arm/fingers. I'm a little freaked out since this is deja vu with what happened the first time that... (2 replies)
... I hade c5/6 ACDF Oct 2011 and recovery was not too bad. Now Im having anterior c5 & c6 corpectomy, c4/5 & c6/7 fusion, and posterior wiring on Dec 10 2012. Ive heard that going through the back is always worse. Im sorry that you having such a hard time. Ive been trying to prepare for the pain. Most people I talk to are surprised that Im so much done. Im in pain everyday and... (5 replies)
... Hi all -
Many thanks for this message board as I've been perusing around quite a bit trying to educate myself on recent MRI results and subsequent Neurosurgeon consults. I have two opposite Neurosurgeon opinions on whether surgery is necessary or not; Neurologist is adamant that surgery is needed. So, now I am trying to get another opinion and am wondering if
1.Others... (10 replies)
... C7 ACDF and didn't loose much, if any, neck range of motion. No one would know I had a fusion, I'm just careful when looking up or back not to strain my neck. ... (10 replies)
... cervical spondylitic myelopathy, but am still presenting with some atypical symptoms. my husband wants me to schedule ACDF surgery for the first week of december since we know it needs to be done to relieve the spinal cord compression and prevent further damage to the cord. ... (10 replies)
... I didn't want to hijack anyone else's thread by asking too many questions but the C5/6 question thread really got me thinking and I have a couple of question for anyone who has an answer.
A couple of years ago I had a major car accident - herniated C5/6 and T8/9. Also some damage to other thoracic discs but not directly debilitating. I had a fusion of T8/9 where they... (5 replies)
... Hello all,
I had an C5-6 ACDF performed in the Fall of 2006 after not having any luck with physical therapy, injections, traction, etc. for my herniated disc with neck pain/stiffness and right arm/hand pain/tingling. I had a quick recovery and was feeling fine. My surgeon noted that I was fully fused (had used allograft and a plate system), but that I did have a bone spur... (0 replies)
... I had my C5-C7 ACDF in 05/2006 and about 9 months ago began having the same symptoms again down the same arm (left). Turns out I have foraminal narrowing and an osteophyte that won't go away. I'm having a posterior cervical foraminotomy in late May. (2 replies)
... Please!!! Ask as many questions as you want!! :)
I had the MRI half out of my own request because I had so much pain that he felt was somewhat unwarranted (at least to the level that I was having it....) ...
That said, keep in mind that I had the horner's syndrome ... etc etc... So.. I've had a really rough time so there certainly was (is) a metal element... (258 replies)
... acdfouch--I have found you and others on this thread to be very helpful. If you recall, I had c4-5 and c5-6 acdf on March 1st. The pain today is about double of what it was prior to surgery and the numbness in my left hand is probably triple what it was prior to surgery. When I saw my doc on monday, he said the xray looked good--fusion was starting and spacing was really... (258 replies)
... Hi There sned ~ :wave:
I can fully relate to your situation I am sorry to say. I am a 41 Y/O female and that is about the only real difference between our situations. Because of my spine problems I had to retire from being an EMT-I/Firefighter a few years ago now.
I will not be able to reply with everything in this one post because lumbar problems prevent me from... (13 replies)