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Please help me understand

elleell Posts: 33
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:54 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had surgery in 07 on my neck c5/6 and I recently got the results of an MRIi that said i have moderate disk herniation at this level and that its into the cord. How could this be, the implant has 4 screws, and cadeaver bone. I know i haven't felt better, kinda felt it didn't feel fixed but how could this be?


  • Ell,

    Sorry to hear of your MRI results. As to "why" can this happen at the fusion level. I was fused at C5/6, and a little over a year later C6/7. My last MRI (makes my symptoms make sense now) showed calcification and stenosis in my C6/7 level now to the left. My hernia was to the right before.

    When they do an ACDF, they only take out the offending disk material most times, thus leaving some or much of the disk in place. I too thought they removed the whole disk, but they don't. I've reherniated twice to the left this year within my fusion. It sounds like the portion of disk left in your fusion surgery is the culprit now sadly.

    I hope you have answers soon as to resolution.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • You know for the most part they take the entire disc out in the cervical spine. Hence the word discectomy in the the ACDF. Without a doubt I know my surgeon removed all of my disc as he also removed vertebre. Ell I would look on the surgical report and see if they removed vertebre and also if they did frominatomies. In my opinion that is just lazy work. Now in the lumbar spine where it is much larger that might be more true in some of the other procedures. Also I am not even sure how they can leave disc behind and use a cadaver? The cadaver bone as it grows is most certainly going to herniate anything they left behind. Ell look at the mri's yourself maybe it is possible they read the wrong level as a mistake. I have had that happen before. The radiologist was looking at old images in comparison study and just messed the level up. Ell it is possible for a cadaver to be dislodged and it never made a union, and looked like it which i have had called psuedoarthoris(which means false joint). It is different than a non union it appears there but it is really not.
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