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C5/6 and C6/7 anterior cervical discectomy and fusion

tonycapttonycap Posts: 1
edited 12/24/2015 - 8:55 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
Hi everyone,
I have been told I need a C5/6 and C6/7 anterior cervical discectomy and fusion by my neurosurgeon as my MRI
showed severe nerve root compression at these two points.
My neurosurgeon said that because of the severity of the compression I need it done urgently because once the nerves are damaged they
cannot be repaired.

Is this correct about the nerves?

I am really hesitant to have any kind of spinal surgery but have no choice so anyone who has had
this type of surgery done and can let me know how they went , good or bad.

Thanks again.


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  • KsdKKsd Posts: 1
    edited 12/25/2015 - 2:14 AM
    I had my acdf of c5-c7 done in December of 2012. I had stenosis, spondylothisies (sp) nerve compression and herniated disks. I was scared to have surgery, so I waited too long, and now I have permanent nerve damage. That is what my neurosurgeon told me. In my opinion I feel you should do what doctor suggests because waiting isn't always the right answer.
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  • Hi Tonycap!

    I just had a 3-level ACDF 5 days ago. No regrets at all so far! I had crushing shoulder pain and pain/numbness down my right arm before, and now that's completely gone. The surgery has been basically nothing to this point...I stayed overnight in the hospital, went home and finished my Christmas shopping! I've been out and about every day. A little discomfort, sore throat & trouble swallowing right at first, but nothing major. My advice? Don't overthink it, and don't make too big a deal out of it. Find the best neurosurgeon you can, get it done, and move on. Don't become an invalid before OR after. Surgery does not need to paralyze you and keep you home for weeks. Go home, follow simple instructions, ask questions if you need to, do your research...and get back to life! Don't take 6 weeks off when 2 will do. Don't obsess over every little thing. And believe me, your SURGEON IS THE KEY!!! Mine is fabulous, world-renowned, and I love him. I've checked out his patients and results. Do your research, then go get pain-free! Good luck!
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  • Sue 1965SSue 1965 United KingdomPosts: 115
    Hi I have just had C5/6 ACDF -211215-and certainly am not fortunate enough to feel as well as Carolvn! I have a lot more pain at the minute than I did before the surgery-especially in my neck/upper back. I suffered with bad right arm pain before surgery however and had flare ups every few months-(this has been going on since 2007)-my arm pain doesn't appear as bad-I just have the odd intense pain.. So hopefully the surgery has worked.Sleeping is my biggest issue-I cannot get into a comfortable position-I normally sleep on my side and am trying now to either sleep sat up or in last couple of days laid on my back-after half an hour or so though this becomes excruciating around my cervical/upper back area-almost like the pressure of the pillow is causing the pain. I have good and bad bits through the day-the one good thing however is that I was only mildly affected by the swallowing-a couple of days and I was eating normally-this had really worried me prior to surgery as I have a really bad gag reflex but as I said this is one area that is ok!
    I think the road to recovery is a slow and frustrating one-and anyone healed after a week or so is really lucky! Good luck with your decision tonycap -like you it was my decision and taking the plunge is very scary-I sometimes think it's an easier choice to make if you are told-have the operation or you will be paralysed..not a nice thing to hear at all or to face but at least the decision is made for you..
  • zkrscasazzkrscasa Posts: 2
    edited 12/31/2015 - 8:45 AM
    I wanted to encourage you about surgery. After an accident in February of 2015, I attempted many other remedies for nerve damage and pain. Nothing worked and my numbness and pain increased. I had surgery on 12/7/15 and am getting better daily. The surgery corrected my nerve damage immediately and the doctor found more than was evident in the MRI. The surgery was a success in alleviating the nerve damage and pain. I am finally sleeping through the night again. So, for me surgery was a last attempt. Knowing what I know now, I would have done it sooner and began the road to healing long ago. I hope this helps.
    Hope lives here!
  • Hello, im new here. I am having my c-5-c7 acdf on the 13th. I have had pain for about 10 yrs now. My doc wants to do to help relieve my headaches. But now im not sure. I have read a bunch of stuff anout the headaches getting worse after surgery. Any advice out there??
    C5-c7 anterior cervical discectomy and fusion
  • Sue 1965SSue 1965 United KingdomPosts: 115
    Hi tanme-I had one level c5/6 acdf on 211215-and used to get a lot of headaches-I have had some since the surgery but nowhere near as bad.My consultant told me that the only thing however that might get better as a result of the operation is my arm pain-at the minute-things are probably worse but I am hopeful that it will improve.The swallowing and sore throat hasn't been as much of a problem as I thought..
  • I had spine surgery 10 days ago where they removed C5 because the bulging disc was causing horrible nerve pain down my left arm and trigger point pain down the left side of my back. Post surgery I immediately noticed the nerve pain in my arm was gone and for the first 2 days my back pain seemed to be all but gone. However, the back pain is back in full force! I am terrified the surgery wasn't successful in fixing my back pain. Is the pain down the left side of my back part of the healing process? I hope and pray it is.
  • Sue 1965SSue 1965 United KingdomPosts: 115
    Hi-I had ACDF 211215-and my back and shoulder /shoulderblade pain is horrendous now too.Laying down at night is worse as even the pressure of a pillow seems to help-from reading other posts on here though this seems pretty common so am hopeful this will pass eventually!
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