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Cervical Disc Fusion as opposed to Cervical Total Disc Replacement


I have just been put on the list for cervical surgery.

I have Degenerative Disc Disease in C5/6 and C6/7. I have had this condition for over 7 years and finally they think it is time I had the surgery. The surgeon will be deciding after my x rays (ordinary and MRI) if I need Fusion or CTDR - can anyone tell me the difference as regards to which one is more painful afterwards? I am 50 years old and never had surgery in my life (except having 2 wisdom teeth removed in my 30's) and I am very nervous about the whole thing. I am in little pain these days with my neck and left arm but I have bone spurs which are impinging on my spinal cord and have been told that it is better to have this kind of operation whilst I am still young (haha!) Apparently I have had the condition so long that the nerves which are trapped have given up the ghost and died off and that is why I am not in so much pain now. However, I have quite limited movement in my neck - I guess I have just learnt to move my neck carefully! I also have some more questions if anyone can help:

How long will the surgery take - both types
Is the swallowing thing afterwards very problematic? One of my fears is my throat swelling.

Thanks for reading

Maz x


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