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ACF Surgery 3 - 7

I am having ACF surgery on disc 3 - 7 next month. I have been reading a lot of post and most of them scare me that the surgery is not worth it. I have pain every day and tingling in my left hand and weak leg. Also most of the post are on just two disk, so that concerns me even more since mine is for 4 disk. Anyone out there have a positive outcome or advice.
Lisa Martindale
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  • First let me say welcome to spine-health. As to the question wether other people have had a successful outcome? Here is the problem with that, when members do have a successful outcome, they eventually leave the forum and go out and live normal busy everyday lives and don't post any longer. I can tell you over the years I have seen many have successful outcomes from the surgery. I am fused at the same levels and why it is not the perfect outcome, my experience noway is indicative of your outcome. You need to have a positive attitude going into the surgery. Another thing that I strongly suggest is that you have gotten at least 2 opinions and they opinions concur. One thing you have to keep in mind fusing the spine forever changes the structures of the spine. Hopefully your surgeon has talked to you about how much range of motion(rom), you will loose? Also do you know what type of bone grafting they will be using, such as autograft(your bone), allograft(cadaver) or another synthetic forum? Will you be in a brace or collar and do you know how long? Do you know how long you will be in the hospital?

    The next thing you need to consider is where you will set everything up when you come home. It is important to have things like computer, cables, books, pens, bendy straws and so on within reach for your recovery. While you don't want to lay in bed all the time, you do want to be comfortable. Walking is critical post surgery to maintain your core body strength. YOu can find other post op needs in the surgery forum at the top of the page. Some of them are for lumbar patients but others do apply for cervical patients.

    Check out the doctor written and peer reviewed articles on ACDF, as well. You can also find a animated video, showing the procedure which will help you understand how it is done. Also you can various other threads on how others have done. 4 level fusions are not the norm, which is another reason to be sure you have had more than one opinion. However the 3 level fusions are close to what your having so check those threads out.

    Just thought i would stop by and welcome you to spine-health. Hope all this helps. Look forward to reading more of your post.
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