long term effects of cervical fusion?
Still trying to learn about the surgery I just had done after a nasty car accident...
I'm 15 days post-op C4-5 acdf with instrumentation.
I'm only 26 and was wondering what studies have been done, or what people's personal experiences are, with the long-term effects of cervical fusion. Surgeon tells me at 6 months I should be fully recovered and only lose about 8% range of motion. But when I ask about longer term effects on the neighboring disks, etc., he gives wish-washy answers like "technology will be improved by then" etc.
I also was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my thoracic spine when I was 19, but it has not bothered me in a couple years. Now I am wondering if it will come back into play...
Any thoughts? experiences? information sources?