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Does anyone know if it's possible to go in for fusion of one level (C5-6) and end up having two levels fused? My doctor was debating whether to do two levels after seeing my MRI and CT and then said it's probably best to leave C6-7 alone for now. But I'm wondering if he might work on that level, too, based on what he sees during surgery. My issue is bone spurs and a herniated disc. I have a lot of anxiety about the surgery coming up in a few weeks but am looking forward to relief of neck pain and aching arms and hands.
If anyone can address this, I would appreciate it.

Many thanks. :)


  • I don't know if doctors often do that, but I found out AFTER my one level ACDF that my MRI and X-Rays had shown I also have bone spurs at the next level, so I WISH my surgeon had taken it upon himself to take care of that while he was working on me. <<<sigh>>>
  • RangerRRanger on da rangePosts: 805
    I was scheduled for a posterior fusion of three levels below a previous fusion of C4 thru C7 which brought it down to T3. The two levels above C4 were degenerated but the surgeon told me it would be reasonable to do the C2 thru C4 fusion also but it was my choice. We talked at length about doing it all but he wanted me to decide whether or not to do the upper side. I thought about it overnight and in pre-op I requested to the surgical nurse I wanted it all done. After the procedure the surgeon had said I made a good call as those levels were also very degenerated more than the MRI revealed.
    Talk to your surgeon and ask a lot of questions. Hope all goes well for you.
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