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Pre-ACDF question

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,671
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:29 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Does everybody use a NS for ACDF?

I'm scheduled for surgery (2 levels) in mid-April with an Orthopaedic surgeon at a reknown Institute in a large city about 2 hours from my home.

I had an Diskectomy (L4/L5) a number of years ago with great sucess with a local Ortho surgeon.


  • no not everyone uses neurosurgeons,there are lots of orthos who do spine surgeries.Everyone picks who they think is a good fit for them.If you like this surgeon and think he'll do a good job for you then thats who you should have.
  • I'm using an ortho doc as well. I work at the hospital where I'm having the surg & everyone I asked (& I asked every doc & nurse I saw) recommended this guy. Like tammyc said...it's all about who you feel comfortable with. Good luck!
  • And he was wonderful. He did his job quite well. I did however change recently to a Neurosurgeon for some follow up issues that I am having because they are nerve related and the Neurosurgeon, in my opinion, is much better at diagnosing nerve injuries or issues than an ortho. But for an ACDF they are both equally trained. Like everyone else has said just make sure you really trust this doc and you can develop a rapport with him and his staff because that is the key to a successful surgery and recovery.
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