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2 acdf surgeries and some questions

Hi everyone! I am new to this forum.  Just a general question to those who have been through this... I had a c6c7 acdf in 2009 due to degenerative disc disease, and July 13 2017 I had another acdf c4 - c6.  So now I have 3 levels fused.  Am I so wrong to think I can go back to work where I lift heavy objects routinely and move heavy equipment on wheels?  I have incredible stiffness which I hope to work out in PT.  I am hoping to resume a reasonably normal life.  What should I expect?



  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,518

    Once you have had spinal surgery, there are always some set of limitations and restrictions.  Many of them are physical movements and weight that can be lifted.  For you absolute restrictions, you would need to talk to your doctors.

    There is no way I can fathom that after your ACDFs you can go back to where you  LIFT heavy objectives an MOVE HEAVY equipment.

    I am 17 years past my last ACDF and I still have some restrictions.  They are there to avoid future problems.   Check with your doctor.

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Another artist, Completly agree with Rons remarks. I had a C-5 through C-7 fusion 3 years ago ( which ended up not fusing ) and the surgeon gave me permanent restrictions of no lifting over 10 pounds, no prolonged sitting or standing. I don't need to tell you I was medically retired from my job due to it! You can bet on some restrictions!


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  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,353

    hi anotherartist913!

    welcome to spine-health
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    welcome to spine health

    please talk to your doctor regarding your restrictions. you only have one spine that cannot be replaced.
    take care and keep us posted.
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