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acdf not fusing?

I am told I need acdf and I'm scared I won't fuse. I'm a little underweight. How old were you / what was the cause of your neck not fusing?


  • Why are you worried that you won't fuse?? I have not had surgery yet, I'm scheduled for a one level acdf in April due to a herniated disc.
  • for failed fusion are not following the post op restrictions and instructions of the doctors......if you do as they tell you, eat healthy meals, don't smoke or do things that you aren't supposed to, fusion will occur in most cases.
  • Two surgeons have told be that I have critical spine compression from the c-3 through c-6 which would mean three discs removed. I am afraid to have the surgery because I am afraid the bones won't fuse. I have read that fusions are much more difficult to achieve with multiples and I have osteoporosis and have been taking cortocosteroids for years and will have to continue taking them. I had a broken bone in my foot two years ago and it never healed even after using a bone stimulator for two months. Any advise, suggestions, or experiences you can share will be greatly appreciated. I am very conflicted about this. Thanks.
  • I have been told by two surgeons that I need immediate surgery to fuse c-3through c-6 because i have critical spinal cord compression. I have very few symptoms and am afraid to have the surgery because I don't think the bones will fuse. I have read it is more likely to have non-fusion in multiple level surgeries and I am worried because I have been taking cortecosteroids for years and also have osteoporosis both of which compromise bone growth and I have had a lot of radiation which slows bone growth. I had a broken bone in my foot two years ago that never fused. Any comments or suggestions about your experiences will be greatly appreciated. I am very conflicted about this. Thanks.
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