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Single level ACDF

MrtonyMMrtony Posts: 2
edited 10/05/2013 - 11:33 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
A few months ago I Underwent a single level ACDF.

Now I just find out the the 2discs above the surgery site are bulging/herniated.
I have read about a single adjacent level sometimes being affected, but not about 2 levels above.

I am soooo frustrated.

Has this happened to anyone else so soon after surgery?




  • sandisandi Posts: 6,343
    edited 10/06/2013 - 7:10 AM
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    Bulging discs are quite common, in almost everyone will have some small bulge to their discs at some point, and it may not be related at all to your previous surgery. It can be positional, in that your neck was positioned funny during the MRI. Herniations are not the same thing as a bulge either, a bulge simply means that the disc is a bit outside the margins of where it is normally positioned on the vertebra. Under the FAQ section on the left hand side of the forums are some topics that help explain the difference.
  • Hi,
    Yes, I do understand that.
    Immediately prior to my one level surgery the levels above we all in order.
    I have been experiencing ongoing pain problems, in most cases worse than before e surgery.
    Now the 2 discs above are herniated and apparently the cause of my pain.
    I go for an EMG this week hopefully.
    I was just wondering how common this is this soon after surgery. If they were indeed caused by the surgery of the stiffness of the new fusion.
    Anyhow, this is a real bummer. I was expecting to be good to go for at least 5 or 10 years until I maybe had other developing issues.
    Now it appears that is not the case.


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