I have DDD, spinal stenois, herniated disc at C4-5, severe bulging at C5-6 and bulging at C6-7. The bulging disc is pushing on the nerve root and closing up my already slender spinal cord.
I'm having a two level fusion at C4-5 and C5-6 in September. Would anyone like to be my surgery buddy? If there is a process for this, please let me know.
Also, I have concerns about doing bone versus plastic (peek). My surgeon said it is up to me and that he has performed plenty of both. I've heard that there's less hardware with the plastic inserts and more hardware (an extra bracket) with cadaver (I've already opted out of using my own bone). I've also been told that bone can fuse completely and covers more surface area, whereas the plastic will not completely fuse.
I wondering what people's thoughts are on this and what made them decide to use one over the other.
2-level ACDF 12/4/13
C4/5 C5/6 herniated