... Looks good, at least to my amateur's eyes. A C4-5 C5-6 ACDF should not cause very great loss of range-of-motion (1/4?). At your age, recovery should be pretty quick. I don't know about the PEEK. There have been questions and posts about it here before, which you could look up. I really don't know why to not just use donor bone, but I guess some think PEEK is an improvement on... (10 replies)
... disk and then the C5 and C6 vertebrae clamped together? ... (18 replies)
... Incisional pain reduced significantly. Pain meds reduced to Hydrocodone 7.5 MG every 4 to 6 hours and Carisoprodol 350 mg every 8 hours for spasms. ... (18 replies)
... Gee... I've heard of not using a plate but don't understand how it would work and why it might be better. When I had an ACDF many years ago, the doc said I didn't have to wear a collar AT ALL, "because the plate is holding it all together". ... (6 replies)
... Hi. One morning just over 10 years ago I woke up with a wicked stiff neck and 3 weeks later had an ACDF c5-7 with a titanium plate and 5 screws. I'd never had any issues prior and it all came out of the blue. It was a shock to find out the 2 discs had pretty much disintegrated. I did great until the summer of 2010 when my left shoulder, arm and hand started tingling,... (1 replies)
... I had sx on same area c5 thru c7 about 6 yrs ago now, i had to go back becuz the fusion didnt take, so they ended up goin in thru the back with more screws and rods and now i am in more pain then pre first sx ... if you go back for a sx to fix any issues, BE CAREFUL!!!!! it didnt turn out to well for me....now im on major pain meds for the rest of my life.... (4 replies)
... In Dec of 2012 I had a 1 level ACDF at c5/6 for a large herniated disc. Since the surgery, my symptoms have gotten worse as has the pain. I've gone through months and months of PT, tried just about every anti-inflammatory out there, been on all kinds of meds, tried trigger point injections, a medial branch block and even had a surgery on my shoulder because the orthopedic... (7 replies)
... Hi all,
I had ACDF c3-4, c5-6-7 last year. Now, after a lot of pain, I decided to have posterior fusion c4-5, c7-t1, and a "general clean-up" of the other areas. However, I am becoming a little concerned about my condition. Within the past two weeks I have lost movement in my left index finger, and my hand and arm are tingling a lot more. I am scheduled for surgery on... (1 replies)
... level ACDF to remove that herniated disk as you thought. ... (6 replies)
... Thanks for the feedback. Since my post I have just finished the 3 day Prednisilone oral course which has helped alleviate some of the pain.
However, now for the first time I am getting tingling sensations in my left thumb and index finger which I never had before.
Does this mean more of the disk herniation problems are starting to "surface" in the different C levels?
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... level ACDF to remove that herniated disk. ... (6 replies)
... Hi all, I had a 3 level ACDF last Friday, C4/5, C5/6, C6/7. Not the nicest of operations as a lot of you Will be aware.
Anyway, yesterday I was sitting down and suddenly came across all dizzy. My arms and hands then started buzzing, it felt like I had turned into an electric sander. My heart rate went up and I had to really concentrate on my breathing, while totally... (9 replies)
... little in describing the problems at the next two levels up. I'd really want a good understanding of all that, because I now suspect that a surgeon suggesting an ACDF will want to do multiple levels. ... (3 replies)
... surgery is the way to go. I'm no longer curled up in a fetal position because of the pain, but my activity is certainly limited and I'm afraid if I don't get the ACDF that I will suffer further and permanent damage. ... (3 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)