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Failed ACDF

Hi, I am new to this forum. I had a cervical fusion with donor bone and appropriate hardware fusing C5,6,7 in 2009. I did get relief from the burning pain down my left arm,but numbness did not go away. I have dealt with pain since then that is getting worse. I started wearing a soft collar at night because if I don't, I wake up with pain and numbness down my right arm. Added to this I started having low back into hip pain that I figured was sciatica. I am really good at pain denial,so did not get it all checked out until a few weeks ago. My daughter works in spinal cord injury rehab. And she convinced me to get it all checked out. My GP had X-rays read and reported that my ACDF surgery did not fuse. In addition my right hip joint is bone on bone. I am an avid hiker and hate being inactive. I saw the orthopedic surgeon and he said I am in need of a total hip replacement. He also looked at cervical X-rays and said it looks like I will be having two major surgeries soon. I am in shock. I am 53 years old and feel like I'm 93. Does anyone know if cervical revision surgery is always necessary, and if so,what the usual surgery entails? I see two different neurosurgeons tomorrow to get opinions and I am a bit scared...my mother had severe osteoarthritis and was wheelchair bound by age 60 due to multiple spinal surgeries and recurrent pain. I refuse to go down that path,so perhaps that is why I have trouble with denial! Help...


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    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
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