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c5 c6 fusion then formanotomty

9 months ago had c5 c6anterior discectomy and fusion. Followed by another surgery 2 weeks later to remove disc fragment. Still in excruciating pain. Posterior foramenotomy scheduled for 3weeks from now. Afteranother CT myelogram. Scared to death...just want my life back. Any success stories out there to give hope?????


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  • jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,373
    edited 02/20/2014 - 12:43 PM
    I was warned before my ACDF that I may need another surgery from the back afterwards.
    I had the C3/4/5 ACDF but most of my symptoms remain.

    I had a full spine MRI scan that shows that my cord now has fluid around it again, so the surgeon seemed happy.

    I asked about his comments before the surgery about possibly needing another surgery from the back, and asked if he meant the levels he had fused or the levels below that which were very degenerated. He said all of them! I asked if he would do another fusion and he said that he didn't think that would be necessary as C3/4/5 were fused now and the two levels below those had practically no disc and either had started to, or would fuse themselves. I think the surgery he was referring to was a foramenotomy to get the bone and disc off the nerve roots.

    From talking to another surgeon, I think this is not nearly as bad as a fusion from the back.
    My hand and arm pain is getting worse.
    I will watch out for some good, encouraging stories too. :-)

    Have you explored the Conditions and Treatment sections of this site? I have found it invaluable in learning about my problems.


    Although this is old, there are some posts by people who have had this surgery.

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