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possible 3rd cervical surgery

I will try to be as brief as possible but here is my story.  About 18 years ago (28 yrs old) I started losing strength and becoming clumsy with left arm and left leg.  After being shuffled around to different dr's, and a whole bunch of tests, a neurosurgen discovered a herniated disc in neck.  Disc was pressing on spinal cord so long my nerve damage was permamnent.  !0 years later disc 1 level up stars bulging and pain down left arm.  Surgery and all is well.  8 years later and now age 46 another disc herniated and pain down right arm.  My question is should i look into the artificial discs which from what I understand still give some motion and flexibility.  I am sure that these fusions just keep putting more pressure and other discs and I would rather not have my entire neck fussed.  All feedback is appreciated.



  • memerainboltmemerainbolt IndianaPosts: 6,271

    hi ryan j
    welcome to spine-health

    do some research on artificial discs. use the search box at the top of the page. get all of your research together and go see your doctor. is he qualified to do disc replacement, what type of surgery would it be and why. 
    most people do not realize they can request what to put in your body surgically.

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  • Just had one year checkup from acdf c5-c6. Everything is well. However, my surgeon left and so my find checkup was with a new surgeon. It was much easier tho tally with this person than the original surgeon. 

    I wanted to know if I should've had artificial disc instead of fusion. She said that it was a tough call but my age, 51, is right on the border.

    The reason I asked about the artificial disc is that earlier I asked if may have any problems down the road. She didn't hesitate one second and said yes. It may be 5years, 10, or 17 years but since I've had one fusion they usually lead to more. 

    I didn't know enough about artificial discs when I had my surgery. I would at least investigate your options.

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