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Hi,
Would like to hear from anyone that has had a acdf c5-6-7 revision surgery. I am scheduled for this next month along with a new acdf c4-5- and possible ??? at c3-4. Any information will be welcomed. I am scared out of my face.


Lori

laminectomy L4-5 2001
ACDF C5-6-7 2002
POST. LAMI-FORAMINOTOMY-CORPECTOMY C6-7 2003

2/25/2004
REVISION ACDF C5-6-7 WITH INTERBODY CAGES AND A NEW ACDF C4-5. NEW FINDINGS AT C3-4....STENOSIS
Hi Lorirat,

I'm not sure how much a "revision" surgery differs from an initial surgery but I just had c5, c6 and c7 done on Dec. 19. I also had a titanium plate installed. Isn't that what the "cage" you are refering to is or is that something totally different? So far 2 weeks post op I have been doing much better than I expected. 1 day hospital stay and no problem getting around since I've been home. I used bone from my hip for the fusion. I can't believe the lack of pain I have had. I am on percocet but since the 3rd day I only take it when I go to sleep because of the discomfort from sleeping with the collar on. I have been sleeping in a recliner so far.
I had c3, c4 and c5 done 9 years ago. The recovery for that wasn't quite as "comfortable" as this one has been, but still bearable.

Hope this helps,
Frank :wave:
[QUOTE=Ramsfan]Hi Lorirat,

I'm not sure how much a "revision" surgery differs from an initial surgery but I just had c5, c6 and c7 done on Dec. 19. I also had a titanium plate installed. Isn't that what the "cage" you are refering to is or is that something totally different? So far 2 weeks post op I have been doing much better than I expected. 1 day hospital stay and no problem getting around since I've been home. I used bone from my hip for the fusion. I can't believe the lack of pain I have had. I am on percocet but since the 3rd day I only take it when I go to sleep because of the discomfort from sleeping with the collar on. I have been sleeping in a recliner so far.
I had c3, c4 and c5 done 9 years ago. The recovery for that wasn't quite as "comfortable" as this one has been, but still bearable.

Hope this helps,
Frank :wave:[/QUOTE]
Well, A reivsion means to take out the titanium plate/screws and install a new one. I did not fuse correctly. The interbody cages will be used instead of harvesting bone from my hip as they did my first surgery. They insert a needle to draw some bone marrow out of the bone and put it int he cage and your done! I jsut need some info. on post op pain etc...
I had the same surgery as you in October 2002, ACDF C5-6-7 and was left in worse pain than prior to surgery
I have been living on pain meds since 10/2002 so I guess you can call me an addict.

Lori
hi,
I cannot tell you if this procedure is best for you, that is your Surgeons job. I can just give you my opinion. Have you had a second opinion???? Do you know the pros and cons of this surgery????? Have you tried Physical Therapy????
What tests have you had eg. MRI-CAT SCAN MYELOGRAM?? Have you had an EMG??? I hope I can help you out with any of your questions.


Lori

Lamiectomy L4-5 2001
acdf c5-6-7 2002
post. lami-foraminotomy c6-7 2003
staph infection 7/4- 7/9/2003

revision surgery acdf c5-6-7 (2/25/2004) with another acdf c4-5 and possible c3-4???





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