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ACDF - hoping this was the better option over non-fusion?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:26 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
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!!
Thanks :S


  • chella,
    First let me say welcome to spine-health. I'm a bit confused when you say plastic disc not sure what that means. was it a spacer that was used. As far as the need for future surgeries there is just noway to tell. You are correct that if you are fused that stress will be put on the other disc. Wether they will herniate is anyone's guess. There are ppl who have herniated disc in neck and never know as they are not symptomatic. Just focus on your recovery and doing all the things to strengthening your spine. Posture is so important. i Know someone who had fusion done back in the 80's and is fine and never had a problem. So lets just hope that is how it works for you. Keep us posted on how your doing.
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