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I've posted a few times here- "acd w/out fusion", "discogram anyone", "acd success stories"

after a ton of research and soul searching, I have decided to go the non fusion ACD route w/Dr. Merrill Reuter, in Lake Worth Florida.

I'm down here in FLA now- had a discogram this morning that confirmed that I need a two level acd.

Regarding the discogram- I'm a little sore in the area of my neck where the needles were, and I've been a bit sluggish today, but not as bad as I would have thought...

The surgery is scheduled for this Friday morning. The downside of the two level acd is I'll be in a hard neck brace for upwards of 3 weeks "so they say", vs. one week for the the single level fusion...

I'm not sure how I'm going to get through the brace thing!!!

I'm feeling comfortable with my decision to avoid fusion- check back with me in a month!! Although it is a little scary to be going against the norm of fusion...

I hope that I'll be a "non fusion" success story in the months to come. I think there's a lot of people out there that don't realize that there are options other than fusion...

bw





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