I am a 46 step father of two wonderful girls. I had my first ACDF in September of 2012 where I had a C5-C7 fusion with fixation. At first the surgery seemed to work until late last summer my symptoms of pain between the shoulders and under by shoulders came back and proceeded to get worse. I recently had a meylogram and a MRI which showed I did not fuse. I am waiting to get scheduled for a revision surgery in early June.
The one think I find odd about my situation is that I did not fuse and my wife that had a L5-S1 fusion, this the same doctor at the same hospital that did my surgery, did not fuse as well. My wife just had her revision in January, different doc this time, of this year and is doing much better this time around.
2012 C5-C7 ACDF with fixation - failed to fuse
June 2014 - Planned revision surgery