I am due to have a fusion at C7 and possibly a ADR at C6 in the new year. Reading many peoples experiences here on the forum with ACDF there doesn't seem to be much success??
I feel for you guys who are having trouble and pain reoccurrence after your initial surgeries. It makes me wonder is it worth it? I like my sports although unable to do much at the moment I fear for a never ending problem from having fusion.
Is there anyone out there who has had success years on from cervical fusion? Has anyone managed to get there life back or feel actually fitter and stronger than ever from opting for surgery?
In my brief meeting with the surgeon, he advised that a fusion would make my neck stronger than ever? He also advised a domino effect on other discs, vertebrae would occur when I mentioned that I had read a lot about people having to go back for more surgery having ACDF.
I would love to hear if anyone has had anything positive from ACDF?
I would also like to hear from people who did have issues too in order to help me decide my best options.
There is movement artifact on several of the sequences. Alignment maintained but there is loss of the cervical lordosis.
There is a partial fusion of the posterior aspect of the bodies of C7 and T1. Degenerative disk disease is seen above this level.
At C5/C6 there is a broad disk osteophyte bar more prominent on the right but with narrowing of both exit formina again more prominent on the right. Canal dimensions are adequate.
At C6/C7 there is again a broad disk osteophyte bar with narrowing of both exit formina but adequate canal dimensions.
2 Months of PT
Meds: Diclofenac, Co-Drydamol, Tramadol, Ibruprofen, Co-Codamol & Parecetomol