Hi, I am new here but I love this site! The stories shared are comforting and rich with information.
I will be having ACDF surgery on March 26th. Everyone - me, my partner, and the surgeon, are discussing doing 2 levels vs. 3. The levels for the two level are C4-C6. For 3 levels it would be C3-C6. There's significant degeneration with C4, C5 and C6, though not as much with C3...however, it's certainly on its way.
I know that the levels above and below take more stress after fusion, so I think doing three levels is the best choice. Given that, what is the difference in recovery time for two vs. three levels? I'm 33, sort of young to have this problem. However, I am very active (I hiked the Appalachian Trail in 2004). Will a three level surgery limit me much more than a two?
I am lucky to work for a place that gives Extended Time Off and a good Short Term Disability benefits package. I'm supposed to go back to work on April 9th. Is this too early?
I have to admit: a lot of this is new to me. I certainly didn't expect to have this condition so young. But that's the hand that has been given to me, and I am making the most of it. Thanks in advance for sharing stories or statistics or whatever else!
ACDF Recipient in Training - Countdown to March 26th: 18 days