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second acdf failed. cage has shifted.

help. Feb 14 I met with my neuro- my second acdf has refused to fuse. (5/6 2011 5/7 2012 both with plating. second fusion with plating and tantalum cages)

Pain had been better- but is increasing again. This weekend I was at a 9 after well.. after shoveling some snow. (I get the stupid award. I know)

if you look at my profile pic- you can see that the graft material at c 5 appears to have shifted.

Im wondering if anyone else has had this happen.. and what was the treatment that worked for you.

I'm obviously having trouble fusing. taking Calcium and D, was braced after both procedures and used a bone growth stimulator.

If he has to go back in- he'll probably use BMP.


(For the record- I have a renowned neuro- it's not him.. it's me...:( )
DDD, Cervical Radiculopathy, fusion- c-5/6 failed, fusion c 5-7 failed, graft shifted, waiting for new plan


  • jlrfryejjlrfrye ohioPosts: 1,110
    I am a 5 times cervical fusion. I feel your anxiety. The 4th surgery my plate was backing out against my esophagus along with a few broken screws. My only option was surgery once again and using the BMP. The surgery was done by posterior approach with rods,plates,screws and the famous BMP. After 4 failed cervical surgeries it did the trick for me. For the first time in about 10 years my neck is stable. My surgeons only concern with using the BMP was the possibility of severe swelling to the point where I would require a vent to breath. Thankfully I did not swell to that point but I did swell. I have heard all the issues with BMP but it gave me my life back. I would do it again in a second
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