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Conflicting drs reviews that i would like to see if anyone has insight to
Is there such thing as partial fusion? Nearly a year after my first ACDF, there was non union, it did not fuse, and actually no sign of the alograft, not sure if it completely deteriorated or what. After my second ACDF, i have undulating alograft remaining at C5C6. This might have been helped by the bone growth stimulator this dr asked me to use for 30 mins a day until fusion but now im in pain, not on the bone growth stimulator and told by my nuerosurgeon who did the second ACDF that i'm not a candidate for operation and released me from his care. He referred me to one of his fellow nuerosurgeons who did tests with contrast to see what was going on and shared with me that it was partially fused, but he didnt see need to redo the surgery because theres no movement of screws and another ACDF with alograft would result in same or similar outcome. I have been out of work now almost a month and dont know when I'll return, seeking multiple opinions and the two leading ones are a laser operation to reduce foraminal narrowing and stenosis or PCDF with autograft. Could my pain be the result of the foraminal narrowing/ stenosis or nonunion? Would the PCDF correct both or the minimally invasive procedure still leave me with pain from the non union?