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Acdf vs acdr and what to expect

Hi, I am 36 years old and have been dealing with neck, and left arm pain and numbness since Dec. I recently took an MRI and found that I have a herniated disc at c3/c4 and it is pressing on the spinal cord and causing some stenosis. I also have ddd on c6/c7 with bone spurs. Two weeks ago I had a steroid epidural injection in my t1/c7 and I am feeling even worse then before. I finally saw a surgeon and he said it is past time for surgery. He gave me the option between a fusion  and a replacement.  I am also going for a nerve block to make sure it is the c3/c4 causing all the pain. If it’s not the culprit then I will possibly have to fuse c3-c7. I am so nervous and don’t even know where to start. Any info and suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Especially on the comparison and limitations of both. 

Thanks!!!

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  • jenniey21

    welcome to spine-health

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    sorry that you are dealing with this, i can't comment on disc replacement, but i have had acdf c4-c7, i was not offered replacement because of multiple disc ruptures.
    as far as the surgery, i did not think it was all that bad, recovery was the hardest part for me, i was only required to wear a soft collar when in a vehicle, so remembering not to turn my head was hard, i was allowed some movement, but told not to look down or up for 2 weeks, that's a hard thing to remember.
    good luck to you and keep us posted.

    chip

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


  • I meant to post this link that may be helpful to you.

    All you need to know about Cervical Surgeries 

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


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  • Jennie, As Chip advised, it wasn’t to bad. I had a unsuccessful C-5-C-7 . 3 /1/2 years ago and now facing a posterior C4 -T-1. But I have to agree with Chip that the anxiety was probably the worst part of the whole procedure. Recovery wasn’t to bad, wore a soft collar for 3 weeks without driving. Then PT was started which wasn’t to bad. Actually what wore me out the worst was sitting in a Drs office which seemed like everyday! Hang in there and relax!....David

    DavidG

    Veritas-Health Forum Moderator

  • I meant to post this link that may be helpful to you.

    All you need to know about Cervical Surgeries 

    challenger
    Veritas-Health Moderator


  • I had cervical ADR. It was very successful. Recovery was fast and easy for me. Do your research. ADR is gaining traction in the US.

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