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dlpgepddlpgep Posts: 1
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:49 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
About 2 years ago I had the third of my cervical spinal fusions. The first was done in 1999 at the C5-C6 level.

The operating physichian did not put in any type of support device for the donor bone. It started to disintegrate and create all kinds of pain, numbness, tingling prolems.

I went to a different surgeon for a check up 4 years after the first. The MRI that he showed me showed all of my spinal discs with the nucleus shoved all the way to left side of the discs.

He operated and took out the bone fragments, put in a support ladder from 4,5,6,7. Four years later I returned and all of the support devices were coming apart in my back. So another surgery was performed adding another cage to C2-C3.

My question is this how likely is it to have more disc problems with my history and because the nucleus of the discs were all damaged does this mean I am a walking continuing back injury.

I don't if anyone can answer this but I would appreciate any input.


  • Hi; I dont know if's it's medically proven, but i believe there is a high probability, that once a person has had a fusion, your chances are increased to have the need for another one, later on in life.
    Guess it's kinda like a shell game.

    There are quite a few people here who have had more then 1 fusion, myself included.
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