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ACDF and Range of Motion

For cervical stenosis that has given me symptoms for several years now (primarily pain in the neck and shoulder and pain and numbness in both hands), my surgeon recommends ACDF at three intervals, C 4/5, C 5/6, and C6/7.  He says my reduction of range of motion will be minimal, 5% at most. I've read studies that put it more at 35%. I do a lot of driving, and this would be a real concern.  I'd love to hear from post-ACDF people about their experience of ROM in their necks, especially those who had the repair at three intervals.  Many thanks.



  • ACDF on c5c6. about 80-85 percent to left and 40 percent to right.

  • Thank you, superdecooper. That is a very big loss of ROM, How long ago did you have ACDF surgery?

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  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 13,584

    ACDF  C4/C5 1994, ACDF C5/C6/C7 2000

    Loss of Range of motion  

    Left    12%
    Right    5%

    Up      11%
    Down  14%

    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
    I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
  • Hi pagross

    I had the ACDF on c5c6 in 2004. I can turn my head about 80-85 percent to left and 40 percent to right. 

    So I still have most of the ROM to the left and less than half to the right.

  • good to hear!

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  • jimandjrjimandjr Dallas TXPosts: 745

    Range of motion is less but I can drive fine. 

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