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Did your doctor mention adjacent disk disease post surgery?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,321
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:23 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
i'm worried if i get surgery i will have to get the adjacent disk surgery. all the doctors mention that in 5-10 years you have a 25% chance to do the surgery again. that stinks.

did anyone's doctor tell them about that?


  • A fusion does tend to put additional stress on adjacent levels. But also those with DDD tend to progress so that the pathology or reasons that caused the original problem continue to progress.

    Bottom line--most of the time conservative treatment is recommended (as long as permanent damage is not likely) and then once surgery is required, it is done.

    And docs give no guarantees for the future.

  • All discussions on fusion was caveated with the fact that the levels above and below the fusion will take on additional load and may require more surgery down the road. One of the biggest reasons we gambled and did not fuse.

    And Unboringuy is right, I've never heard any doc give a guarantee.

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  • told me this too. what she said was that once you have a fusion on a disc (or discs), the ones above and below work harder and the increased strain can lead to more fusions.
  • need to be ultra careful post fusion to avoid strain on adjacent discs, and no guarantee you won't need additional surgeries. So I'm standing up straight and hoping to make it to 2018 before I face this again ... of course, by then, maybe there will be less invasive treatment??
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