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Lower back pain following ACDF Surgery

Stay happySStay happy Posts: 41
edited 01/17/2015 - 10:19 PM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I had ACDF done on c5-c6 in April 2014, but my c6-c7 was found to have congenital partial fusion, meaning that my c5-c7 is joined in one block.

One thing I would like to ask here is:

Do you encounter lower back pain after surgery?
My lumbar spine is found to have hyperlordosis and my pelvis is excessively anteriorly tilted. I googled research a bit. It says 7 out of 10 americans experience lower back pain following ACDF surgery. I have a mri check on my whole spine, there is no disc herination in my thorasic and lumbar spine. And most PT, chiroprators, orthopedic dr considered hyperlordosis was the cause based on my X-ray.
However, This "side effects" has not been mentioned by most patients who made their testimonials in YouTube.

I hope to seek your advice to see whether compensational change takes place in lumbar spine or pelvis.

Stay happy no matter what
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  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • I just had ACDF surgery on Wednesday morning, the 18th (4 days ago). I woke up from anesthesia with intense lower back pain that travels from my lower back down into my right buttox. It almost seems like nerve pain like sciatica. I've been using a heating pad but it doesn't seem to get any better. One nurse told me that it could be positional from laying on the operating table for several hours. I just hoping it goes away soon, it's horrible.
  • I also have had lower back pain after my ACDF last Oct. I have a history of lower back pain so I'm not sure if it was aggravated by the surgery. In the last few wks., I have noticed that my legs go to sleep after sitting on a hard or semi-hard surface. My NS who did the ACDF thinks this is caused by lower back issues.
  • I still have some lower back pain issues. I also have issues when sitting on a hard surface sometimes. Doesn't take long and my feet get cold and tingly.
    Tracie C
  • I know we have similar histories (myelopathy). I also have the lower back issues. It seems since I had the ACDF last Oct., my lower back has been worse. I have the same issue sitting on hard surfaces. After about 10-15 min., my legs go to sleep. Asked my NS about it and he says it sounds like lumbar issues. Hate to even think about more surgery. Still trying to recover from the first : )
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