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Anterior Cervical Spinal Fusion on discs C4 and C5

Hi, I'm new to this forum and I'm debating the benefits and the risks of having the anterior cervical spinal fusion on my C4 and C5 discs and was wondering if anyone has had this surgery done and how their outcome was. They say it can sometimes be a risky spot to go through the anterior of the neck by passing all of the arteries, veins and muscles before they get to the back of my spine to the discs. I want to make the best decision about whether or not to proceed with this surgery and I was hoping some of you would have some imput and maybe even have had this surgery. I'm very young and I don't want to make a wrong decision doing this surgery. The more imput and help the better. Thanks!
Mikala Raven


  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    Hi love4faith,
    First off if you have any doubts about any of the procedure do get at least one or two more opinions. This will give you more confidence in your decision. About 7 years ago I had a cervical fusion of C4 thru C7, both anterior and posterior. Post-op pain was minimal both front and back. Seven weeks ago I had a posterior fusion of C2 all the way down to T3. Post-op pain was minimal again except after week two and into week three it felt at times I had a terrible sunburn mid back between my shoulder blades and sometime my left shoulder ached but I only needed meds to allow me to sleep thru the night.
    Statistically anterior fusión seems to be less invasive and painful due to a smaller incision and the organs are moved aside.
    Posterior cervical fusion usually, (my case included) involves hardware to help stabilize the spine so naturally a larger incision may be required. Also muscle needs to be cut across the upper back which also may give one some discomfort while healing.
    Any surgery can be risky but do your research, educate yourself, and become your own advocate for your health and well being. There is a lot of good information here and other places, some is good, and some not so good. Take a close friend or relative to your doctor appointments, write down questions prior to your visits, and get as many answers as possible. Another set of ears is always helpful to absorb all the information you will receive.
    Being young is definitely in your favor and also if you are a non-smoker will benefit your fusion.
    Keep us posted on this journey you are about to encounter, wishing you the best of luck.
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