I had ACDF w/instrumentation on July 20,'09. Was fused with instrumendadtion (four level) C-4 thru C-7. I was given Biomet Spinal Pac II to start wearing 9 days after sugeory during wound check. Instructions on exactly how long to wear not exactly clear and Spinal Pac II very esay to wear. even descreatly if nessesary. Does anyone know how long use or if over using it can be actually bad for my recovery?
I had a simular sugeory a little oner two years ago with Lumbar spine. three level fusion with instrumentation, L-5 thru S-1. Same neurosergeon did both procedures. Lumbar fusion had me in the hospital for 5 days. with this cervical procedure I was in the hospital only 20 hours. Occupational therapy and physical therapy cleared me very fast as I remembered spine stabilation and mobilization procedures from lumbar fusion.
Two years ago, the neurosergeon did not even suggest any type of bone growth stimulation.
I think in the long run, the cervical fusion will be less painful then the lumbar. At least I hope so!