I had a ACDF in June of 2008, C5-7. My pain on right of neck, shoulder, and arm never went away. (They were pressing on my spinal cord).
The original surgeon said nothing else was appropriate , see a pain management doctor. I got all kinds of injections, an ablation, pills, etc, much of which I had before surgery. No less pain so I decided to go surgeon shopping. (Thank goodness for good insurance.)
All the below were well rated except # 3 who was a referral by my pain management DR.who told me he was an aggressive surgeon.
Surgeon # 2 agrees with # 1, can't do anything surgically.
Surgeon # 3 takes 2 X rays, says he wants to take 2 more disc's out (C3-5) that worried me so I go to......
Surgeon # 4, who will probably be my last for now, orders a myleogram (first one I had), agrees with # 1 & 2 and recommends I see a neurologist for treatment (not sure what a neurologist can do for me), but I'll give it a try. He also says anyone like # 3 is a quack for recommending more surgery, especially 2 more disc's removal !
I was looking for a quick fix, but came to my senses. Sure glad I went to # 4 !!