Have any of you ever come across any long-term testimonials from patients whom have had a single level ACDF anywhere from 10 years or more ago? My NS told me that there is about a 5% chance that I would have surgery again due to adjacent disc degeneration. I am 32 years old and like to run, life weights, play golf, etc. I want to continue to do this after surgery.
Also, have any of you ever heard of someone "upgrading" from an ACDF to an ADR? My NS also mentioned that this is a possibility in the future. They would just have to cut through the scar tissue.
In all my research I have read just as many good testimonies from ACDF's as there are from ADR's and vice versa.
Last question, for those whom have had ACDF's: is the loss of range of motion in the neck unbearable or is it almost normal? Is it something that you consider pretty minor in the long run now that you have lived with it?