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I had a 3 level ACDF just over 1 year ago. I had very little pain, but had no temperature sensation in my hands. The big thing my doctors told me was that if I was involved in a car accident or such, I could end up a quadriplegic.

There are some web sites I could point you to, but I can't, due to the rules. But there are doctors that perform minimally invasive surgeries, especially in the neck area. One of these that people from around the country go to see is Dr. Hae-Dong Jho (drjho for short) who runs The Jho Institute for Minimally Invasive Neurosurgery in Pittsburg, PA. He does review your MRI's at no charge and will tell you if he believes his minimally invasive procedures are the correct method of treatment for you.

I was looking at his web-site earlier, and the specific cervical procedures he offers are Cervical Stenosis Surgery without Bone Fusion ; Minimally Invasive Cervical Stenosis Surgery (The Jho procedure for cervical stenosis): Spinal Cord Decompression via Anterior Foraminotomy for Spondylotic Cervical Stenosis, or Ossified Posterior Longitudinal Ligament (OPLL).

BTW, it seems we are related. I had a lumbar laminectomy back in 2000 as well. It was my first back surgery and it went off without a hitch. Then I had this neck procedure. I wish I knew about the minimally invasive surgeries before I did it.

I would offer to you that you should investigate any opportunity to avoid fusion, if possible. If you can't avoid fusion, come back to this site, and let us know when you're having the ACDF. You will get at least a dozen lists on "what to do" before and after the surgery. I will tell you that the lumbar sugery is a piece of cake compared to the cervical.

We wish you all the best in your research. Know as much as you can before going into this.


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