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chronic arm pain possible fusion at c67

arodigaarodig Posts: 13
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:29 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical
I am a female around the 40 to 45 which suffers from a herinated disk at C6-7. The doctors are recommending a Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Bone Graft Fusion but is there any one that has had the surgery at C6-7 and what is your recovery status after surgery. Trying to decide on surgery or not.


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    Just start reading some of the posts here and you will find out just how many other members here have had ACDF on C5/C6 and/or C6/C7. Its probably one of the more common of all cervical surgeries.
    I believe after reading many posts here you will find so many members who had good luck with these surgeries. I did very well with my ACDF in 1996 and then next one in 2000.
    My recovery was right on target and I have had little problems since. I know surgery was necessary when the numbness in my hands were to the point I was always dropping things and I was living in headaches all the time.
    Recovery time varies. So much depends on the actual surgery, if a soft or hard collar will be used afterwards and what the physical therapy routine will be
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  • I've had a 3-lvl ACDF w/hardware and consider mine a success, even though I'm still having some muscle spasm and pain issues. But for such a large surgery, doc said it's to be expected. I had my surgery at age 47 and it went very well.

    Are you having muscle spasms? What kind of pain are you having with your arms?

    Feel free to PM if you have questions or just want to talk. Take care and keep us posted on your decision.

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  • Hi arodig....

    Yes, I had the procedure done about a year and a half ago... I was as scared as all hell...

    The moment I awoke from the surgery, my pain was gone and just had a stiff neck... I was back to work in 12 weeks. I listened to my orders and did very little during that time frame except read and watch tv... I am glad that I had it done but remember the following:

    I am now having further problems because other levels can deteriorate after the procedure. I now have forminal narrowing at the same level and above and it appears that I am on my way for surgery number 2.

    Basically, this may be a "life" sentence for you like it is for some of the rest of us. If you have degenerative disc disease, it just does not go away.

    Good Luck@!
  • arodig said:
    I am a female around the 40 to 45 which suffers from a herinated disk at C6-7. The doctors are recommending a Anterior Cervical Discectomy with Bone Graft Fusion but is there any one that has had the surgery at C6-7 and what is your recovery status after surgery. Trying to decide on surgery or not.
  • Hi, I've had 2 surgeries in my neck c5-6 in 2003 and c6-7 in 2007 It did not help me I'm still in so much pain, I'm at a point I don't know how to handle it anymore. I might seek out a counselor just so I can talk about it before I lose it. It didn't work for me but It doesn't mean it can't help you.

    Good Luck
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  • Hi,

    I had c6/7 ADR surgery and mine surgery is a success. It is already 8 months. I am back to running and just completed a 10km race yesterday with just under an hour timing.

    I say go for the surgery with ADR.

    Cheers !
  • Well I had ACDF C6-7 in 7/07. I did not do Bone Graft I used cadaver, my Dr is a firm believer that it is better that way. He says all he sees is bone graft patients with bad hip pain forever. That surgery was a great success. Three months after that I had Anterior Posterior L4-L5 L5-S1. That was a success too. I was playing golf, softball etc until 1 month ago. Horrible pain in my neck and left arm. i thought it was my old surgery site, wrong severe herniation C7-T1. I just had fusion on 2/18/09. Nothing has gone right since. I have been in horrible pain since surgery. My pre surgery symptoms are gone, but now I have severe horrible pain in my right arm, right shoulder and all over my neck. I am awaiting an MRI hopefully this week. I am only 34 and was on the SWAT team as a cop, so I was in great shape. It can happen anytime anywhere. Good luck with the surgery if you do it. Again, look at a cadaver disc instead of Graft. Please post if you have surgery or email me
  • Good Morning Brian

    First I would like to wish you the best in your upcoming recovery and hopefully the MRI will not be painful (been there) I see my Dr. again for a 2nd opinion. I am also in law enforcement and plan on returning. I work everyday except for dr. apts and I have arm pain more so in the left than the right however the right arm is trying to catch up. I am unclear when it comes to surgery because my C6-7 disk is underneath the sack and pushing on my spinal cord on the right side now. Some of my friends tell me traction and exercise but I have tried that. I need to know if there is anything available and if traction at home is a possibility before surgery. That is one of my questions for the Dr. The part that makes me real nervous is that I have two other bad spots in my neck, but I can not read the future.

    If you do not mind me asking what were some of the questions that you asked your doctor prior to surgery?

    Thank you

  • I was a 45 year old when I had ACDF for a ruptured disc at C6C7 with severe arm pain. i was in surgery within 5 weeks of me rupturing the disc. i woke up from surgery completely pain free. I had bone taken from the hip and that caused the most pain.The hip pain went away within 5 days after you got up and moving around. Mine was successful but I need a second fusion 20 months after the 1st due to a disc above going bad.Hope that helps. Bethy
  • My Dr is recommending the cadivar bone instead of my hip bone. How are you now and are you working? How is your neck effected and what are your restricitons.
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