... NS recommended 3 level ACDF based on my MRI findings, but I am torn whether to go for the surgery or not. I do not have any pain in my neck or in my arms. ... (0 replies)
... Hi..I am also a newbie to this surgery,although I have had neck pain and limited rotation for the last nine years. Was diagnosed last week by a NS to have ACDF at C4-5 and C5-6 as soon as possible. He mentioned that I should also begin meditation! I didn't know whether to laugh or cry!
Just wanted to let you know you are not alone. I told my husband that he should support... (2 replies)
... I have been fighting neck and anerior throat pain and headachesfor about 6 years. I lso had arm pain which I thought was severe flare up f Fibromyalgia. ... (2 replies)
... Here are the results from my MRI, any help is appreciated. I apologize for the re-post.
Findings: There is loss of normal cervical lordosis. Multi-level degenerative disk disease superimposed upon what appears to be congenitally narrowed spinal canal. No focal cord is abnormality is demonstrated. No cerebellar tonsillar herniation. No prevertebreal soft tissue... (0 replies)
... Please find blow my 2014 Jan MRI findings: I have seen 3 doctors so far, one recommended Epidural, the other recommended PT and the last one recommended 3 level ACDF. My right arm is getting weaker and I can see that my right arm biceps is not as strong as the left one. Any advice would help...
I am in my 30's so concerned about doing ACDF at this age but at the same time... (0 replies)
... I know that this is not a spinal issue, but I am a spiney. I had a ACDF 12/2010 of C5-6 C6-7. I do have continues pain and issues with my neck and back from a car accident 8 months after my surgery. I also developed RSD/CRSP after the accident. Below are some issues that I am having with my wrist and thumb joint. No one responded on that board so I decided to try this... (1 replies)
... Seems pretty straightforward, although I don't know whether by "protrusion" he means that the disk is bulging, but intact, or if he means that it has herniated.
It's also a little odd that he talks about a "presumed" compression of the left C6. It's almost as though he can't SEE it, but INFERS that it is so because of your symptoms. Loss of muscle strength, and various... (3 replies)
... How are you feeling since you had the surgery ? Also who performed the surgery ? (33 replies)
... I had a ACDF of C5-6 C6-7 12/9/10 and went back to work mid Feb. I drove at about 2-3 after surgery. I was concerned about driving in poor weather.
Good luck I'm sure all will go smoothly (33 replies)
... I am considering the same operation. My disc bulge at C5-6 is minimal, but I have bone spurs narrowing the foramen also. I have not decided which operation to get yet.
I've been leaning towards a foraminotomy from the back, as my main problem seems to be an enlarged facet joint with foraminal narrowing. However, all the doctors nowadays would rather go in through the... (33 replies)
... Alright, I'm scheduled for a C5-6 ACDF on January 22nd. A cadaver bone will be used between the vertebrae and a plate will be screwed in for stability. I have three pre-op appointments before the procedure. The surgeon said I will be recovering for about four weeks. I'm really hoping this clears up my muscle weakness and I have no other complications so I can get back to... (30 replies)
... Wow - I am considering a posterior foraminotomy -- how is your pain? My other choice is an ACDF at C5-6. Which procedure did you think was better overall? Hope it worked out this time!! (1 replies)
... Thank you WebDozer for your response!! ER Dr said I had C5-6 radiculopathy. My symptoms are progressively getting worse since my initial ER visit in October '13.
You mention ACDF, but what about ADR? If I do decide to have surgery, I'm leaning towards ADR since it's less intense of a procedure/recovery/longterm results. But then again, what do I know besides what these... (3 replies)
... I had ACDF surgery at the C5-6-7 levels with plating on May 30, 2012, with Dr. Cammisa. Trust me, your'e in good hands. Recovery was great. Spent two days in the Hospital. Was off pain meds within 4 days. I assume you're having your surgery at HSS. Staff was wonderful. Good luck. You'll be fine. (3 replies)
... hand problems coming back. The ACDF was meant to relieve those problems, and since it did relieve them for six months, it would seem that the right operation was done at the right levels. ... (2 replies)
... levels in May of 2012. I did feel relief after surgery for about 6 months. Then the same symptoms returned. ... (2 replies)
... You appear to have a significant problem at C5-6. Your case strikes me (an amateur) as a little unusual in that the levels immediately above and below don't seem all that bad. I had guessed that you might have a herniation of the C5-6 disk, but the radiologist doesn't say so.
6mm is pretty narrow. I have seen worse (including my own), but 6mm is definitely legitimate cause... (6 replies)
... SpineAZ, this was a very informative post. I have been trying to decide whether to get a posterior foraminotomy or a one level ACDF. My C6 nerve is being compressed due to an enlarged facet joint in a foramen that is almost closed.
The disc looks not bad - only a slight bulge, so doesn't really need surgery. But some doctors are recommending a disc removal and fusion... (30 replies)
... my issues are with the C5 and C6 nerve, although doctors describe my foraminal and cervical canal stenosis as minimal to moderate. ... (17 replies)
... The ACDF was so long ago that I don't remember the recovery well. As I had hardware put in, the surgeon said I had no need for a collar. ... (17 replies)