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3rd ACDF with BMP now going thru right side?

IsthereananswerIIsthereananswer Posts: 17
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:58 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
SINCE LIFE AS I ONCE LIVED IT (& I WAS A WILD MAN (ie. Soccer, skiing, car wreck w/ no injury, now 28 with "a 65 yr old neck" according to one OS Specialist 's diagnosis) NOW Choice up for discussion at this S-H.com FORUM community: Your HELP IS one of LAST on my pre-op checklist ..timeline(12/08 ACDF C5/6 w/ alograft, 3/10 ACDF C5/6 w/ alograft revision, now after many, many different/competiting drs appts at multiple regional centers and specialties over last 2+ months, decision is toI have my third C/5C/6 fusion in just wks. and the top ATL NS has sent me to ENT appt for Swallowing and Vocal chord pre-op assessment test, its all good news- no swelling or prior scar tissue) at last i've decided my best option is with an Atl Dr who wants to use right anterior n stead of previsously used left side -drs way of tattoo if u ask me, have been out of work and nearly given up hope that i can ever regain my life- he wants to use the c5 bone to add BMP and fuse C4 to 6 for this one. What is the chance of my recovery this method with strong PT plan? Not overweight have any issues, but prior fusion has not been good bony bridge either time. The screws have compromised C5's "integrity" as another C5/6 would not stop this ongoing hell of constant neck pain usually dull, sharp with any movement, intensified by large osteophytes above prior fusions that i believe were caused by excess use of CMP's Bone Growth Stimulator, instead of helping fuse on the second attempt. Would this community please help me analyze anytthing im missing, Ruled out not doing anything, taking drugs rest of life that dont help, feels like nerve pain, but diagnosis includes loosening hardware and psuedoarthorisis, osteophytes,. Any of u had revision regret or know about laser treatments? Adult Stem cells? Willing to go to ends of earth - using heat, ice, sombra salve, weekly massage, special pillows at night on couch n car, neck brace, hot tub, TENS, prescribed narcotics, lyrica, cymbalta, zanaflex,

AND NOTHING MAKES IT GO AWAY!!!! So should i be confident i will heal this time? how do i know this will help after first two didnt! I want to believe but its hard and depressing


  • For a young guy you certainly have been through alot. You need to do something in order to increase your quality of life. Were you issues caused by an accident that you don't recall or is it DDD? I had a 2 level ACDF C5-6 C6-7 on 12/9/2011. Itis a long haul, but at least I have end plate fusion. They used BMP and I had a cervical stim for a while. I was back to myself and ready to teach when I was rear ended just prior to school starting. Waiting for MRI results of my neck although the xrays show that everything is intact. YEAH! Keep me posted on what you decide to do and when.
  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    I have had 4 failed cervical fusions with disc 3-7. My surgeon had no choice but to go in and use the BMP ( which isnt used often in the cervical area), for me it worked. My neck for the first time in 12 years is now stable. My guess would be the reason he is going in on the other side of your neck is to keep scar tissue from building up. My first 3 the surgeon went in from the same area. My last, the surgeon made the incision straight up and down from the anterior and about a 12 inch incision posterior. My fourth surgery stem cells were used and it failed for me. In the beginning all looked great but as time went on my neck basically collapsed. Along with you I had hardware problems, the plate was backing out along with a few broken screws. This is a decision that only you can make but for me the surgery worked. Am I still in pain, yes. That being said, I no longer live with the fear of paralysis. Good luck and keep us posted
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