Im really stressed,
I had ACDF 2 weeks ago to c5/c6. Im reading heaps on the internet (as we do) that fusion leads to more ops in the future as it puts more stress on other levels of the spine. This is the last thing i wanted to hear! What are the percentage rates of needing future ops?? Im only 29, and have a 2 yr old and was quite healthy until this happened! Could someone shine some light on this topic? My surgeon said there would only be a 5-10 % chance of other levels needing surgery but from what i read this suregery has only been around for 10 years or am i wrong?
How long is the plastic disc meant to last and what about the screws and plate in my neck? Sorry for the long post but im finding a lack of feedback from long-term patients - im talking 40-50 years from now!!